Balat is a small village about 22 miles east of Mut in the Dakhla Oasis and was an important Old Kingdom town. Nearby is the Al-Adaba tombs and ain Asil. Most notable are the five mastabas, which were discovered during a sandstorm. The best of these is that of governor Medunefer who served during the rule of Pepi II, where funeral artifacts, including gold jewelry was found. The village of Balat itself is picturesque and little changed from medieval times.