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NAQADA is a town on the west bank of the Nile
Nile
in the Egyptian governorate of Qena . It was known in Ancient Egypt
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
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
Naqada
has given its name to the widespread Naqada
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
Naqada
have enabled the dating of the entire culture, throughout Egypt
Egypt
and environs.

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

The town is one of few to have had a Coptic majority in 1960.

SEE ALSO

* Naqada I * Naqada II * Naqada III
Naqada III

REFERENCES

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

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Sickle made of flint, Egypt, Naqada
Naqada
period, end of the fourth millennium BC, Dagon Museum, Haifa
Haifa

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

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