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Beni Hasan: 11th-12th Dynasty Cliff Tombs

Cliff tombs at Beni Hasan.

Beni Hasan is a burial site located south of Memphis, with several dozen cliff tombs dating from the 11th through 12th Dynasties (ca 2000-1800 BC). Here and at other sites along the Nile, Middle Kingdom nomarchs or provincial governors were buried in rock-cut tombs. In the 12th Dynasty the local stature of such provincial governors waned as the centralized power of pharoahs based in Thebes increased.

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