El Sheikh Sa'id

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El Sheikh Sa'id
El Sheikh Sa'id is located in Egypt
El Sheikh Sa'id
El Sheikh Sa'id
Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 27°43′N 30°53′E / 27.717°N 30.883°E / 27.717; 30.883
Country  Egypt
Governorate Minya
Time zone EST (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

El Sheikh Sa'id is a small village in the Minya Governorate in Upper Egypt. Situated on the east bank of the Nile, it is named after a local Muslim saint buried in the area.

Overview[edit]

El Sheikh Sa'id comprises the rock-cut tombs of the nomarchs of the Hare nome (the 15th Upper Egyptian nome) from the 6th Dynasty. These tombs are cut in steep cliffs.[1] The use of this necropolis declined during the First Intermediate Period, when the nomarchial necropolis was transferred slightly northward to Deir El Bersha.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nicolas Grimal, A History of Ancient Egypt, New York, Barnes & Noble Books, 1997, ISBN 0-7607-0649-2, p. 134
  2. ^ Wolfram Grajetzki, The Middle Kingdom of ancient Egypt: history, archaeology and society. London, Duckworth Egyptology, 2006, pp. 109-11

Coordinates: 27°43′N 30°53′E / 27.717°N 30.883°E / 27.717; 30.883