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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. History[edit] 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, which 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] The town is one of few to have had a Coptic majority in 1960.[2] See also[edit]

Amratian culture Gerzeh culture Ifri n'Amr or Moussa Kelif el Boroud Kulubnarti Luxmanda Naqada III

References[edit]

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

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

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

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