Delta Survey

A British Academy Research Project

Information on the archaeological sites of the Delta is presented here in the form web-pages containing an alphabetical listing of sites. Where a substantial amount of information is available, or photographs of the site exist, links are provided to supplementary pages. The site-names in most cases are those of the Survey of Egypt maps. The material is offered as a source of reference and a tool for the planning of new projects.  The letters 'T' and 'K' in the lists stand for 'Tell' and 'Kom' respectively, Arabic words for 'mound', describing the usual appearance of archaeological sites in the region.

We would recommend viewing this area of the website on a desktop computer. 

You may also be interested to visit the separate Western Delta Regional Survey on Durham University's website here: http://community.dur.ac.uk/penelope.wilson/Delta/Survey.html 

Satellite imagery shows the large, flat expanse of Tell el-Iswid lying amongst the cultivated fields about 300 metres north-east of the smaller Tell el-Abbassiya, which is partly overbuilt by a cemetery. Both mounds have been substantially reduced in size. The straight edges of Tell el-Iswid, in particular, are the result of field encroachment.

The joint expedition of IFAO, CNRS Toulouse, the Universities of Ghent and Dijon, led by B. Midant-Reynes, began work at Tell Iswid in 2006. A programme of drill-coring and resistivity has mapped the extent of the buried sand gezira. On this sand hill are extensive Predynastic and Early Dynastic layers.

Trestant, Y. and De Dapper, M., 'Reconstruire le paysage prédynastique. Recherches géo-archéologiques dans le delta orientale du Nil', in Cauwe, N. (ed.), Espaces et Comparatistres. Reconstructions culturelles en Archéologie. Hommages à Paul-Louis van Berg.