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 .
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
Naqada has given its name to the widespread
that existed at the time, here, and at other sites including el Badari
Hierakonopolis ). The large quantity of remains
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.
The town is one of few to have had a Coptic majority in 1960.
* ^ 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,
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Coordinates : 25°54′N 32°43′E / 25.900°N 32.717°E