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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.

Latest News

New tomb discovered at Hierakonpolis

Read all about this year's discovery of a nearly intact tomb from the predynastic period at the site of Kom el Ahmar, ancient Hierakonpolis, which  contained some astonishing and unique finds from the tomb.
For a Press Release about the tomb's discovery near Edfu, Egypt, by the international team from the British Museum, click here.



Discovering Tutankhamun

The Griffith Institute is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and one of the scheduled events will be a major exhibition in Oxford's Ashmolean Museum in 2014. Focusing on Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, material from the Griffith Institute Archive will tell the story of this discovery, its popular appeal, and will explore how modern Egyptologists are reinterpreting the evidence. "Discovering Tutankhamun" 24th July to 26 Oct 2014 - For information visit their website.

We have moved!

For our Friends in America:

If you wish to contact the American Friends of the British Museum to help support the work at Hierakonpolis, you should note that they have moved to:
American Friends of the British Museum
275 Madison Avenue Suite 401
New York, NY  10016
Phone: 212-812-4362 

For more information about becoming a supporter of our work at Hierakonpolis & Nekhen, please visit our US Friends page.
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