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El-Tarif (Arabic: إلطارف) is a necropolis on the West Bank at Thebes in Upper Egypt. It is considered part of the greater Theban Necropolis. The necropolis is located in the northwestern outskirts of the Theban Necropolis and southeast of the Valley of the Kings. It is the oldest of Theban necropolises, containing tombs of the late First Intermediate Period, early Middle Kingdom and Second Intermediate Period. Old Kingdom mastabas are possibly attributed to local rulers of the Fourth or Fifth Dynasty.

List of tombs[]

Here follows a list of tombs discovered at el-Tarif with identifiable owners.

Designation Owner Title Period
Saff el-Dawaba Intef I Pharaoh 11th Dynasty
Saff el-Qisasiya Intef II Pharaoh 11th Dynasty
Saff el-Baqar Intef III Pharaoh 11th Dynasty
B30 Iat-Ibi[1] King's Ornament 13th Dynasty

See also[]


  1. Flinders Petrie 1909, pl. xxx.6.


  • Flinders Petrie, W.M., 1909: Qurneh. London.