The site was on a caravan route connecting the Nile to centres of commerce on the Red Sea, and there are Pharaonic remains nearby. The largest of these monuments is a temple decorated by Rameses II. This temple was dedicated to Thoth and the gods of el-Ashmunein (across the river) and the gods of Heliopolis. Parts of a columned courtyard, hypostyle hall and sanctuary still survive.
Sheikh 'Ibada was investigated by an Italian Mission from the University of Rome between 1965 and 1968.
Adapted from Wikipedia and www.egyptsites.co.uk