El Hawawish

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Rock tombs at El Hawawish

El Hawawish (Arabic: الحواويش‎‎) is the name given to the site of the ancient necropolis (cemetery) for the city of Akhmim in the Sohag Governorate, Egypt.

The cemetery was excavated extensively by an Australian archaeological and epigraphic expedition under the auspices of the Australian Centre for Egyptology and Macquarie University and the direction of Professor Naguib Kanawati.

Coordinates: 26°36′N 31°49′E / 26.600°N 31.817°E / 26.600; 31.817



Similar to nearby Akhmim, the local deity of El Hawawish was the fertility and productivity god Min.

Tombs of the Old Kingdom and First Intermediate Period are located in the El Hawawish mountain.[1]


  • Naguib Kanawati, with contributions by Ann McFarlane, Colin Hope, Nabil Charoubim, John Curro, Naguib Maksoud, Reece Scannell, Elizabeth Thompson, Naguib Victor, Gaye Wilson, The Rock Tombs of El-Hawawish: The Cemetery of Akhmim, Volumes I–X', (The Ancient History Documentary Research Centre, Sydney, 1980–1992).
  • (Australian Centre for Egyptology Studies: 2) Naguib Kanawati, with a Chapter by Ann McFarlane, Akhmim in the Old Kingdom, Part I: Chronology and Administration", (Sydney, 1992). ISBN 0-85668-603-4.


  1. ^ Kanawati, Naguib; Scannell, Reece (1990). Sohag in Upper Egypt: A Glorious History. Giza: Prism Archaeological Series 4. p. 16. ISBN 9772350025.