Elkab (the ancient Nekheb) is on the east bank of the Nile, about 95 kilometres south of Luxor. It is an important settlement and cemetery site with remains of all periods. The main temple was dedicated to Nekhbet, the vulture goddess.

The walled settlement of Elkab, dating from the Early Dynastic Period, was one of the first cities in Egypt. The cemetery contains a number of famous New Kingdom tombs, such as those of Paheri and Ahmose son of Ebana. In his autobiographical text, the latter tells how he helped to expel the Hyksos from Egypt. The towns of Elkab and Hierakonpolis, which lie close together on opposite sides of the Nile, formed the capital city of Upper Egypt.

Adapted from Global Egyptian Museum and Digital Egypt.


Elkab in Digital Egypt

Elkab in Global Egyptian Museum

el-Kab in Artefacts of Excavation (The Griffith Institute)

Location of Elkab

Models by site for el Kab