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.