Designating a period of predynastic culture in Egypt, named after an extensive archaeological site near the modern town of Naqada. Also: designating a people of predynastic Egypt formerly inhabiting this area; of or relating to this people or its culture.
1rare A member of the predynastic Naqada people.
2In singular. With following number(s) and letter(s). Any of three or more phases or subphases of the Naqada period, as "Naqada I", "Naqada II", "Naqada III", etc. Also: any of several distinct cultures associated with each of these phases.
The Naqada period is now usually subdivided into three phases: Naqada I (3750–3600 b.c.), Naqada II (3600–3350 b.c.), and Naqada III (3350–3100 b.c.), each of these having a number of subphases.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. From Naqada (Arabic Naqādāh), the name of a town and extensive archaeological site in the Egyptian governorate of Qena, on the western bank of the River Nile in Upper Egypt, first excavated by W. M. F. Petrie in 1894–5.