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Tarkhan

Alternative site names: 
Kafr Turki; Tarkha; Kafr Tarkhan; Kafr Ammar; Akanthopolis
Site description: 

Tarkhan is one of the most important cemeteries of the earliest period in Egyptian history. Petrie used "Tarkhan" as the geographic name for the earliest remains and "Kafr Ammar" for burials from the later periods but are also located in the same cemeteries. The site is divided into two topographically separate areas commonly referred to as the ‘hill’and ‘valley’ cemeteries. 

Type of site: 
Mastabas; cemeteries
Timeframe: 
Mastabas (1st Dynasty); cemeteries (Predynastic Period-1st Dynasty; Late Middle Kingdom-Roman Period).
Overlay map: 
Original excavator's map of the archaeological features at Naqqada superimposed on a modern Google map image. Created by Bryony Smerdon, 2016.
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