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
Sheikh Ibada in Artefacts of Excavation (The Griffith Institute)