Yebu, Elephantine Island, Aswan

"Elephantine is an island in the centre of the Nile at Aswan. This was the original 'border town' between Egypt and the Nubian lands to the south and in ancient times was an important strategic position both for the defense of the border and as a trading route. The island has been inhabited from the Early [Egyptian] Dynastic Period through Roman times until the present day. Its ancient name was 'abu' or 'yebu', which means elephant and was probably derived from the shape of the smooth gray boulders which surround the island, looking like elephants in the water." ( more )

Shrine of Heqa-ib

Middle kingdom governor of Elephantine

Temple of Khnum

Temple of Khnum built in the old kingdom

Temple of Satis

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Other excavations

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