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Deir Rifeh

Alternative site names: 
Rifeh; Deir Riffa; Deir el-Rifeh; Der Rifa; Deir Rifa
Arabic site names: 
دير ريفة
Site description: 

This series of cemeteries and tombs are located on the west bank of the Nile. Especially notable are the rock-cut tombs of local governors from the Middle Kingdom.

The most important tomb is a large undecorated tomb of three chambers, with three burial pits. A number of smaller tombs were also found in the same area. Most of these tombs were plundered in antiquity, although the tomb of the two brothers Nekht-Ankh and Khnum-Nakht was excavated by Petrie and discovered intact.

Type of site: 
Tombs; cemeteries
Timeframe: 
Tombs (Middle Kingdom); cemeteries (Middle Kingdom, Second Intermediate Period, New Kingdom)
Overlay map: 
Excavator's sketch map showing the district of Giza and Deir Rifeh including a plan of the cemeteries located there, superimposed on a modern Google map image. Created by Kristian Brink, 2015.
Excavation season: