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Kom el-Hisn ("Hill of the Fort" in Arabic),[1] (ancient Yamu) is located near the western edge of the Nile delta roughly midway between Cairo and Alexandria and about 10 km west of the Rosetta branch of the Nile. The site is surrounded by cultivated land and in modern times a village has been built over a portion of the site.

Several excavations have revealed occupation during the Old Kingdom[2] and there are deposits containing evidence for some substantial domestic structures. The location was also occupied during the New Kingdom and the 26th Dynasty, when the local temple paid its dues as recorded on the Adoption Stela of the Divine Adoratrice Nitocris.[3]


  1. ^ Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, John Rylands Library, Manchester University Press 1972, p.498
  2. ^ Anthony J. Cagle, The Spatial Structure of Kom el-Hisn: An Old Kingdom Town in the Western Nile Delta, Egypt, dissertation, University of Washington, 2001
  3. ^ J. H. Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, Part Four, Chicago 1906, § 956

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Coordinates: 30°47′44″N 30°36′01″E / 30.7955°N 30.6004°E / 30.7955; 30.6004