Beni Hasan: Entrance to one of the tombs with protective gates, donkey and guides
Architecture Library, Hesburgh Libraries
Site of a vast necropolis in Egypt, on a steep hillside on the east bank of the Nile, about 250 km south of Cairo. While there are some Old Kingdom burials at the site, it was primarily used during the Middle Kingdom, spanning the 21st to 17th centuries BCE (Middle Bronze Age). The tombs at Beni Hasan contain the most extensive and important group of wall-paintings in Middle Egypt, dating to a period from the late Old Kingdom to the Middle Kingdom. The cemetery contains more than 900 tombs divided into an upper and lower range.