city, temple enclosure



The location of Thinis remains unknown although it is understood that it was situated in the vicinity of Abydos. However, a group of people connected with the town is attested in written sources. The most important person in Thinis was Sa-tep-ihu who held the function of the Count of Thinis and who was also the Overseer of Prophets in Thinis. Another official, In-heret-mes, held an office of the Overseer of Double Granaries Over All Things of Thinis, and most probably was promoted to the Overseer of Double Granaries in Thinite Nome. Nakht, represented several times in the temple at Serabit el-Khadim, describes himself on the south pillar in that temple as coming from Thinis.

The god venerated there was Onuris and some of the people involved in his cult were buried in the necropolis in Abydos. The canopic jar of Neb, who held the title of the Overseer of the Cattle of Onuris, was discovered in the tomb of Sa-tep-ihu. In the same tomb, the lintel of Min and Riya with the representation of the Third Priest of Onuris, Pepe-en-in-heret, was found. The father of above-mentioned Nakht, Tunna, was the Wab-priest of Onuris.

The lion headed goddess “Mehyt who dwells in Tjeni” was represented[1] on the northeast pillar at Serabit el-Khadim.

The temple of Onuris, according to the titles of its officials and priests, seems to have been fairly big and to have had its own economic zone.


  1. ^ 74: The Inscriptions of Sinai I - Oxford University Press - 1917 - Peet, Thomas Eric, Gardiner, Alan H., Černý, Jaroslav.

Jadwiga Iwaszczuk


Ancient people connected to the site: Sa-tep-ihu , In-heret-mes , Nakht ,