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Welcome to Hierakonpolis Online

Hierakonpolis, the City of the Hawk, ancient Egyptian Nekhen, is one of the most important archaeological sites for understanding the foundations of ancient Egyptian society.

Best known as the home of the ceremonial Palette of Narmer, one of the first political documents in history, and attributed to the first king of the First Dynasty at about 3100BC, the site contains far more.


Well before the construction of the pyramids, Hierakonpolis was one of the largest urban centers along the Nile -- a vibrant, bustling city containing many of the features that would later come to typify Dynastic Egyptian civilization. Stretching for over 3 km along the edge of the Nile flood plain, already by 3600 BC it was a city of many neighborhoods and quarters.


01HK mapOver a century of archaeological research, continuing with the present Hierakonpolis Expedition, has confirmed this vast site's central role in the transition from prehistory to history and the rise of early Egyptian civilization, as well as its ability to provide fascinating insights into all periods of Egyptian history.


As with any archaeological site, the information and research on Hierakonpolis is constantly being reviewed and updated. The pages of our website reflect our current understanding of the site and its various features. Further updates and new entries will be posted as our knowledge of the site increases.

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Nekhen News 28 Iminent

It's nearly here! Our team of editors are busy working on the the final flourishes to the latest Nekhen News and we expect it to arrive through your mailbox in early November.
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Please note that we have a new link for US citizens to become Friends of Nekhen online.

Joining the Friends of Nekhen online can be done from the new link and select 'Hierakonpolis Expedition' from the drop-down menu under 'I would like my gift to be used for:'.

Further details can be found here.

A Predynastic tomb rendered in 3D

Explore Tomb 2 from the elite  Predynastic Elite cemetery of HK6, in 3D!

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