Some fifty mummified animals – including mice, cats and falcons – have been found in a burial chamber in Egypt.

The tomb belongs to a man named Tutu and his wife Ta-Shirit-Iziz and is one of seven discovered in an area near the city of Sohag, reports the US public service channel NPR.

The tomb is believed to originate from the Ptolemy dynasty which began about 300 years before Christ. The burial chamber walls show colorful paintings of funeral processions and how Tutu himself works in the fields.

The family history is also recounted with hieroglyphics, writes Reuters news agency. Tutu and his wife rested in stone coffins.

Next to the pair were found in the tomb the remains of a boy of twelve and fifty mummified animals.