Beit Khallaf

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Beit Khallaf
Beit Khallaf is located in Egypt
Beit Khallaf
Beit Khallaf
Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 26°19′N 31°47′E / 26.317°N 31.783°E / 26.317; 31.783
Country  Egypt
Governorate Sohag
Time zone EST (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

Beit Khallaf (Arabic: بيت خلاف [ˈbeːt χalˈlaːf]) is a small village 10 kilometers west of Girga in Middle Egypt

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Outside the village are two very large brick mastabas from the Third Dynasty. K1, the largest, has produced remnants from King Djoser and was excavated in 1900-1902. It measures 86 by 45 by 9 (11) metres. The foundation is hard stone gravel with a substructure going down 19 metres below ground surface. A two metre thick outer wall holds the filling with sand and stone and huge brickwork are made around pits and corners. The grave chamber held some bones of a man and hundreds of offering vessels were found in the stairway which was blocked with masonry of Nile mud and stones. Another big mastaba (K2) has left skeletal remains including a skull and the name of the Third Dynasty Pharaoh Zanakht (Nebka), the supposed brother of king Djoser. No investigation has been made here in over 100 years.

Coordinates: 26°19′N 31°47′E / 26.317°N 31.783°E / 26.317; 31.783

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