First we visited the tomb of Petosoris a high priest of Thot who lived around 300BC. The wall paintings are a mix of style from the old kingdom and Greek style.
The Tomb of Isidore dates to the second century AD with little decoration but with the mummy of Isidore on display. who apparently drowned while crossing the river to visit her fiancée, or so the story goes.
Crossing the sand to the catacombs our guide pointed out many pieces of pots which he said are pharonic artefacts......
The visit to the catacombs starts in the small room where the mummification of the sacred birds and animals took place, the heavy odour in there certainly wasn’t of the perfumes used in the process!
Proceeding down the steps we entered the underground catacombs. Firstly, was the most important find made here, the complete mummy of a baboon. We had seen this on Bethany Hughes documentary on Egypt before we left so it was fascinating to see it close up. There were a number of long corridors with compartments for the mummified remains to be stored, some small, and the guardian brought what he told us was a mummified ibis bird. Some large for buffalo although how they got them down I’m not too sure. There was also many remains of the pots which must have contained the plentiful supplies for the next life.