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: 

Delta Reports

Delta Reports is a journal dedicated to the publication of archaeology, geography, history and heritage relevant to the Nile Delta. The first volume Delta Reports 1 Research in Lower Egypt was published in 2009 and edited by Donald Redford. The series has been restarted with a full editorial board and will be published by Archaeopress. Each edition will be published when a sufficient number of papers have been prepared, so there is a rolling deadline.

The publication aims to make fieldwork reports from the North of Egypt (including Alexandria, Wadi Tumilat, Wadi Natrun and North Sinai) available soon after the fieldwork has been completed. Each volume would contain about 10-15 reports from fieldwork, in order to make the material immediately accessible to other archaeologists and interested parties. There is no limit on time-period and historical and heritage material will also be accepted. The volumes will be edited by the editorial board and another academic reviewer. Reports would be published in English or Arabic and all reports would have an English/Arabic abstract.

If you are interested in sending us a paper, please do contact the email address below.

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All correspondence and submissions should be made to: [email protected] 

Described by Daressy in 1905 (quoted by Bernand in reference on tabular page). Liverpool University concession 1995-, directed by Susanna Thomas. Only one mound survives, part occupied by a cemetery. Remains of gate of Ramesses II and of enclosure wall. Satellite imagery shows the shape of the original large site with parts levelled for agriculture and other areas overbuilt by modern structures.

Surveyed in 2007-8 by J. Trampier. Satellite image interpretation and surface pottery collection. See Trampier, J. 2014. Landscape Archaeology of the Western Nile Delta, 89-108.

Thomas, S. 2009, 'Chariots, Cobras and Canaanites:a Ramesside Miscellany from Tell Abqa'in', in M. Collier and S. Snape (eds), Ramesside Studies in Honour of Kenneth Kitchen, Bolton, 519–31.