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Ihnasya

Alternative site names: 
Ihnasya; Ehnâsya; Ahnas; Ahnassia; Ehnas; Ehnasya el-Medina; Ehnâsija el-Medîna; Ihnasiah el-Médinèh; Ihnasya el-Madina; Ihnasya el-Medina; Ihnasya el Medina; Heracleopolis Magna (ancient Greek); Herakleopolis Magna;
Arabic site names: 
اهناسيا المدينة
Site description: 

The site came to prominence when the rulers of the 9th/10th (Herakleopolitan) Dynasty used it as a royal residence. While the town maintained its importance, it was during the Third Intermediate Period that the local kings were again located here. The remains of the temple of Harsaphes lie southwest of the modern village, the earliest construction dates to the 12th Dynasty, with the temple being rebuilt during the rule of Ramesses II in the 18th Dynasty. 

Type of site: 
Temple; tombs; town
Timeframe: 
Temple (12th Dynasty, 18th Dynasty); tombs (First Intermidiate Period, Graeco-Roman Period); town (First Intermidiate Period, Third Intermediate Period-Roman Period)
Overlay map: 
Sketch map showing the location of Ihnasya within the topography of the Faiyum, superimposed on a modern Google map image. Created by Kristian Brink, 2015.
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