Though there is little to see at Naqada, this was a necropolis which contained burials from Egyptian pre-history. Excavations here were so important that the site's name lends itself to the pre-history periods between 3800-3100 BC, and are called Naqada I, II and III. The deceased were found in fetal positions on their sides, with surrounding pots, schist offering basins and terracotta figurines. This indicated a belief in the afterlife, given that the burial items where meant to assist the dead.
The village of Naqada itself is interesting in that perhaps seventy five percent of the population is Christian. There are several ruined monasteries nearby.
Last Updated: June 27th, 2011