Tombs of El kab, Edfu

El Kab is an Upper Egyptian site on the east bank of the Nile at the mouth of the Wadi Hillal about south of Luxor . El Kab was called Nekheb in the Egyptian language, a name that refers to Nekhbet, the goddess depicted as a white vulture.
El Kab consists of prehistoric and ancient Egyptian settlements, rock-cut tombs of the early Eighteenth Dynasty, remains of temples dating from the Early Dynastic period to the Ptolemaic Kingdom, as well as part of the walls of a Coptic monastery. This site was first scientifically excavated by James Quibell at the end of the nineteenth century, but other archaeologists have spent time at this site include Frederick William Green, Archibald Henry Sayce, Joseph John Tylor, and Somers Clarke. However, Belgian archaeologists took over the project in 1937, and it has remained in their hands since then. Much of the research done at this site took place within the town enclosure of El-Kab. However, since the 1980s the work has shifted more to the north and north east of the town.
El-Kab is in Upper Egypt, located on the east side of the Nile River, almost to the opposite of Hierakonpolis and about fifty miles above Thebes. With the way the river meandered and eroded the rocks and sand, the Nile River is almost level with the town, but according to Clarke Somers in his journal article “El-Kab and the Great Wall,” “in its early youth the town must have stood well above the flood waters.” The site could be described as a bay between sandstone cliffs to the north and south, and this same sandstone was used to build the temples found in this site.
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  • Visit of this site made possible by our means of river transport on the Nile, a dahabiya (Kings on the Nile), allowing a docking on the edge of an agricultural zone, where the large boats cannot Moor. After a few kilometers by minibus across fields and village, here we are in an already desert area along the Luxor-Aswan road and the railroad track, at the foot of a hill. After climbing a beautiful staircase (about 70 steps), one accesses a terrace in front of a series of tombs of high officials of the Kingdom (especially those of Ahmosis and his grandson Paheri, prefect of Nékheb). Featuring beautiful and interesting paintings with beautifully preserved colours in spite of time, they describe their daily life and that of their families. Emotion in front of intimate scenes, rich in teaching, that we do not see in the temples and Royal tombs. Although in principle forbidden, one cannot help, in front of such beauty and finesse of traits, to take some discreet pictures!
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  • After crossing the sandy remains of the ancient capital of NEKHEN, market in sugar cane, through the rail of railroad and finally cross the main road reliantlouxor a Aswan you arrive at the bottom of the 4 painted tombs of many scenes farm, you can admire the paintings of the marriage of HORUS and HATHOr: only representations of the graceful goddess gently touching the shoulder of her husband gods! moving! then back in the small simple fishing village of EL KAB
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