Abydos is one of the oldest cities of historic Egypt, and additionally of the eighth nome in Upper Egypt, of which it turned into the capital town. It is placed approximately 11 kilometres west of the Nile at range 26 per cent 10' N, near the modern Egyptian cities of el-'Araba el Madfuna and al-Balyana. In the historic Egyptian language, the town turned into called Abdju. The English name Abydos comes from the Greek phrase, a name borrowed by way of Greek geographers from the unrelated metropolis of Abydos on the Hellespont.
Amy, Flinders Petrie's sister-in-law, shopping for antiquities at Abydos, 1899 Considered one of the maximum crucial archaeological web sites in Egypt, the sacred metropolis of Abydos turned into the site of many ancient temples, which include Umm el-Qa'ab, a royal necropolis in which early pharaohs were entombed. These tombs started out to be visible as extraordinarily full-size burials and in later times it have become applicable to be buried in the region, leading to the boom of the city's significance as a cult web page.