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Naqada I bone figure with lapis lazuli inlays. British Museum
Naqada is located in Egypt
Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 25°54′N 32°43′E / 25.900°N 32.717°E / 25.900; 32.717
Country  Egypt
Governorate Qena Governorate
Time zone EST (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)
X1 O49
in hieroglyphs

Naqada is a town on the west bank of the Nile in the Egyptian governorate of Qena. It was known in Ancient Egypt as Nbwt and in classical antiquity as Ombos /ˈɒmˌbɒs/. Its name derives from ancient Egyptian nbw, meaning gold, on account of the proximity of gold mines in the Eastern Desert.

Naqada comprises some villages such as Tukh, Khatara, Danfiq and Zawayda. It stands near the site of a necropolis from the prehistoric, pre-dynastic period around 4400–3000 BC. Naqada has given its name to the widespread Naqada culture that existed at the time, here, and at other sites including el Badari, Gerzeh and Nekhen (Hierakonopolis). The large quantity of remains from Naqada have enabled the dating of the entire culture, throughout Egypt and environs.

The town was the centre of the cult of Set, and large tombs were built there around c. 3500 BC.[1]

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  1. ^ Michael Rice (2003). "The Royal Power Centres". Egypt's Making: The Origins of Ancient Egypt 5000-2000 BC (2nd ed.). Routledge. p. 75. 

Coordinates: 25°54′N 32°43′E / 25.900°N 32.717°E / 25.900; 32.717