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EES focusses on the Delta

On 26 March 2009, the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the EES hosted a workshop to discuss the problems and priorities for future archaeological work in the Nile Delta. The workshop, held at the British Council in Cairo, was attended by 54 participants of varying nationalities and backgrounds, many of whom had extensive experience of working on sites in the Delta.


L-R: Penny Wilson, Jeffrey Spencer and Mohammed Abdel Maksoud at the Delta workshop

The SCA was officially represented by Mr Sabri Abdel Aziz Khater and Dr Mohammed Abdel Maksoud and we were pleased to welcome many other SCA personnel who work in the Delta. Short presentations were given by Drs Jeffrey Spencer, Joanne Rowland and Penny Wilson but these were deliberately kept brief so as to maximise the amount of time available for participants to share their own views and experiences.

Professor Manfred Bietak"

Professor Manfred Bietak summarises the morning session at the Delta workshop

A full report on the day’s proceedings is available here.

For a larger selection of photographs from the day please go here. Many readers will know that Jeffrey and Patricia Spencer (the Society’s Director) spent a short season at Yetwal wa Yuksur for the Survey earlier in March, and reported on their progress via a specially created blog.

Delta Survey

The Society’s Delta Survey blog: http://deltasurvey.tumblr.com/

Using nothing more than an ordinary, Egyptian mobile phone Patricia was able to send updates directly from the site on an almost daily basis. Feedback received from members and others was very positive and we are hoping to use this model to keep members and others directly informed of our work in future.

In addition to this, three other projects, supported by the EES, have been working in the Delta over the last few weeks.

The Tell Basta Project, directed by Drs Eva Lange and Daniela Rosenow received a grant for its work in 2009 from the Society’s Excavation Fund. The team is concentrating its efforts in the area around the great temple of the cat-goddess Bastet, which has never been surveyed properly.

Daniela Rosenow

Daniela Rosenow at Tell Basta

Secondly, thanks to the generous contributions of EES members and others to an appeal launched in late 2008, Dr Joanne Rowland has been able to undertake her work at Gebel Ramla, one of the first round of Amelia Edwards Projects.

UPDATE 8 May 2009: Dr Rowland is now posting regular updates from her work in Minufiyeh Province to the Society’s Delta Survey blog: http://deltasurvey.tumblr.com/

Drs Rosenow and Rowland, as well as Dr Patricia Spencer, will both be presenting the results of their recent work at the EES conference in London on 20 and 21 June 2009.

Further details of this event are available http://tinyurl.com/c98jcb

A ticket application form is here: http://tinyurl.com/647uxr

Finally, the University of Durham / EES mission continued its survey work at Sais in the Western Delta with a short season in March - April. On 4 April the project Director, Penny Wilson, entertained an enthusiastic group of EES members with an energetic tour of the site and the team’s magazine, which now doubles as a small visitor centre complete with information panels in English and Arabic for the benefit of the local population.

Penny Wilson and EES members among the temple ruins at Sais

Penny Wilson and EES members among the temple ruins at Sais

After a full exploration of the site, the EES members also paid a visit to the monumental ruins of the 30th Dynasty / early Ptolemaic temple of Behbeit el Hagar.

Mrs Faten Saleh gives a talk to EES members

The Society’s Cairo representative Mrs Faten Saleh gives a talk to EES members among the ruins at Behbeit el Hagar


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