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El-Hiba - Egypt
El-Hiba is located in Beni Suef.
El-Hiba monument was established on 1980.
Primary threats to El-Hiba :

El-Hiba An important frontier fortress on the northern limits of the Theban region during late Dynasty XX to Dynasty XXII and a temple was built here at that time, probably by Shoshenq I.

Historical facts of El-Hiba :

  • Near the modern village of el-Hiba, on the east bank of the Nile about 32km south of Beni Suef, is the site of ancient Tuedjoi.Although there was continued habitation through the following centuries, the town regained its military importance under the name of Ankyrononpolis during the Graeco-Roman Period.
  • El-Hiba appears to have been divided into two parts, a large town mound surrounded by thick mud brick walls and a series of cemeteries spread around the desert and hills beyond. The mud brick ruins of the town now sprawl up the hillside from where there is a magnificent view over the surrounding plain to the River Nile.
  • The site was surveyed under the auspices of the Egypt Exploration Fund by B Grenfell and A Hunt, who published their findings of many important Greek and demotic papyri texts from el-Hiba in 1906.
  • More recently the American archaeologist Robert Wenke conducted a survey of Ankyrononpolis in 1980 which included test excavations. El-Hiba is on the east bank of the Nile and can be reached via a car ferry from the village of el-Fashn on the west bank.
  • The visitors at present must be escorted by the tourist police. The town site and temple are a few kilometers from the ferry landing on the eastern side of the road.