Area on the east bank of the Nile, in the 15th Upper Egyptian nome, not far from Hermopolis and its cemetery Tuna el-Gebel. There are numerous tombs in this area, mainly from the Old and Middle Kingdoms. Nearby are quarries that were certainly in use in the 18th and 30th Dynasties. The most important tombs are those of the Middle Kingdom nomarchs, many of which have sadly been lost as a result of earthquakes and by the tombs being used as quarries. One famous representation from the tomb of Djehutyhotep (Tomb 2) shows the transport of a colossal statue from the quarries of Hatnub. The statue is being pulled by four rows of men. In some of the tombs, spells from the Coffin Texts appear on the ceiling.