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The extensive cemetery site takes its name from the local village which is located to the west and south of the site.
The 1920 volume on Balabish promised the publication of the site by Thomas Whittemore and Gerald Wainwright which was never published.
Bourriau, Janine and Anne Millard 1971. The excavation of Sawâma in 1914 by G. A. Wainwright and T. Whittemore. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 57, 28-57.
Whittemore, Thomas 1914. The Sawâma cemeteries. Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 1 (4), 246-247.