Shunet ez Zebib

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Details of enclosure of Peribsen, showing associated offerings and Khasekhemwy enclosure behind

Shunet ez Zebib is a large mudbrick structure located in Abydos, Egypt and dates from the 27th century BC. It was built by King Khasekhemwy, and is similar to the smaller structure Khasekhemwy built at Nekhen.The mud-brick walls are still preserved up to a height of about 10–11 metres (33–36 ft) and the overall area measured about 124 metres (407 ft) long and 56 metres (184 ft) wide.[1]

At this site there may also be evidence for two chapels, benches, incense and beer jars.

Surrounding the structure are the foundations and remains of other similar structures built by earlier rulers.


  1. ^ Shaw, ed. by Ian (2003). The Oxford history of ancient Egypt (New ed. ed.). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press. p. 69. ISBN 9780192804587. 


  • Günter Dreyer, Ulrich Hartung, Thomas Hikade, Eva Christina Köhler, Vera Mutter,Frauke Pumpenmeier. Umm el-Qa'ab, Nachuntersuchungen im frühzeitlichen Königsfriedhof, 9./10. Vorbericht, MDAIK 54, 1998

Coordinates: 26°11′22″N 31°54′28″E / 26.18944°N 31.90778°E / 26.18944; 31.90778