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Zawyet El-Maiyitin

The archeological site of the cemetery of Zawyet El Maiyitin or Zawyet El Amwat lies on the east bank of the Nile about 7km southward Menia city. The area was used since the Predynastic times and until the Ptolemaic Period since it was the capital of the 16th Dynasty in ancient Egypt. The small step pyramid of the Third Dynasty that is assumed to be established by King Huni is one of the most attractive structures in this area. Interestingly, the area of Zawyet El Mayitin was once the necropolis of prominent officials in the New Kingdom and later as a cemetery for Muslims and there are still some rock-cut Pharaonic tombs and domed tombs there. On this archaeological site there are some remains for the Temple of Amenhotep dedicated to Horus in the city of Hebnew. The remains of the temple indicates that it has been restored by his successor Seti I in the 19th Dynasty since the cartouche of Seti is depicted in various fragments there. In the vicinity of the remains of Amenhotep Tomb there are some rock-cut tombs dating back to the new Kingdom too including the Tomb of Nefersekheru, renowned sctibe in the 18th Dynasty and the Tomb of Khunes.

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