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The site was the principal necropolis for the nomarchs of the 15th Upper Egyptian Nome in the Middle Kingdom, during the 11th and 12th Dynasties. It was one of the most important elite cemeteries in Middle Egypt.
Catalogue of drawings of scenes and hieroglyphs : copied from wall-paintings in ancient Egyptian tombs of B. C. 3800 to B. C. 2500 at Dêr el-Gebrawi, El-Bersheh, and Beni Hasan ; exhibited by the Egypt Exploration Fund at the Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester, September - October, 1893 / Egypt Exploration Fund. 1893. London : Egypt Exploration Fund.
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