Petrie surveyed an 145 km area in 1897 before settling on excavating the cemetery. He recorded about 150 tombs. Material remains recovered included stone sculpture, coffins, beads and amulets, a scribal palette, baskets, ropes, and tools. Additionally two rock-cut tombs were copied.
Catalogue of antiquities from excavations at Deshasheh and Behnesa (Egypt Exploration Fund) and El Kab (Egyptian Research Account) : exhibited at University College, Gower St., London, July 1st to 31st 1897. 1897. London : Egypt Exploration Fund.
Petrie, W. M. Flinders 1898. Deshasheh 1897. Memoir of the Egypt Exploration Fund 15. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Truebner & Co.