Hatnub (Egyptian Hw.t - nbw House of Gold ) is the name of ancient alabaster quarries in the Eastern Desert south-east of Tell el -Amarna and about 65 km southeast of the modern city of al - Minya.


Hieroglyphic inscriptions and graffiti show that the quarries of the reign of Khufu ( 4th Dynasty ) were to the Roman period in operation. The Egyptian officials Weni reported in an autobiographical inscription in his grave at Abydos, he undertook expeditions I. Merenre ( 6th dynasty ), among others, in the quarries of Hatnub to procure material for the pyramid of Pharaoh.