Known as Hefat by ancient Egyptians, it served as a necropolis for the nearby city of Djerty (nowadays El-Tod) since the early First Intermediate Period. Two rock-cut tombs within it, datable to this period, are particularly remarkable because of their decorations, that of the two nomarchs Ankhtifi and Sobekhotep.
- Bunson, Margaret R. (2002). Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt. Infobase Publishing. p. 249. ISBN 1438109970.
- Egyptsites page on el-Mo'alla
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