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] 

The site is a crescent-shaped area about 331m across with a maximum elevation 2.1m above the level of the fields. area covered by the site is 3.25 hectares. The shape of the tell is interesting and uncommon amongst all of the Delta sites. It is not clear what kind of archaeological material was once here or whether the site is a natural feature that has been used as a cemetery because of its height. The mound has some modern tombs spread all over it, but the imagery from 2009 suggests that there were then more tombs on the mound, probably consisting of mud brick grave covers, which have now partly eroded away. Those left are concrete or refurbished superstructures. The site has many pathways running over the surface and there are many areas covered in scrub or low bushes.Very little pottery was recovered from the site and most of what could be found was relatively modern in date, mainly coming from flower-pots used to decorate the tombs.


Flat area                                                                    View from the east


Top of the mound                                                         Glass