Bet Khallaf

Alternative site names: 
Bet Khallaf; Bayt Khallaf; Beit Challaf; Beit Khallâf; Bet Khallaf; Bêt Khallaf
Arabic site names: 
بيت خلّاف
Site description: 

Investigations of this desert area, north of Abydos, were undertaken by John Garstang in the early 20th Century. He discovered 3rd Dynasty cemeteries and in the low desert behind the village of Beit Khallaf, he found five monumental mudbrick mastabas, similar to those of the Early Dynastic period.

The most impressive of these mastabas, known as mastaba K1, was attributed to Djoser from a seal impression found in the tomb.


Type of site: 
Mastabas (3rd Dynasty)
Overlay map: 
Excavator's sketch map of el-Mahasna and Bet Khallaf superimposed on a modern Google map image. Created by Kristian Brink, 2015.
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