Delta SurveyA 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 About the survey Alphabetical index Sites by SCA number Sites on Google Earth Bibliography BISINTAWI, K  Visited by Penny Wilson in 2004 and 2005, who reported as follows:The SoE 1:50,000 maps shows a low mound area of some size, reflecting the earlier maps which show Tell Bisintawy as a sprawling complex of mounds, perhaps old river bank levees. The area now is all under orange tree groves and there is no discernible mound here. Some pottery was collected at the site, but there was not much of it. Drill-cores taken in 2005. The tell is a sand gezira about 6m above the farmland level which formed the centre of a complex of sites. It is now covered in orchards and there is a water treatment plant on the highest point of the mound. Very few sherds are visible in the soil of the orchard and any antiquities area is not evident. Three drill cores were drilled across the area in order to understand the underlying geology of the tell and whether it was a true gezira or whether it was founded upon other geological deposits. Because of the nature of the sandy matrix, it was difficult to drill to any depth at the site where there was only sand. In drill core 1 the sand was becoming progressively darker in colour at 2.51m, due to organic particles, when the drill could not continue. Drill core 2 was made on the side of the tell at Ezbet el Arab in order to try to track the depth of sand deposits. This core reached an underlying shale layer at 2.35-2.60m, lying upon an extremely compact (silt) clay layer which became mottled in colour with black and orange streaks of colour down to 3.22m. Drill core 3 was made at the base of the tell beside a sporting club and reed bed near Desasna. despite one sherd being found at 0.6m, there was no other archaeological material. This core also came to the shale layer at 1.71to 187m and then the very compact silt-clay with black and orange streaks to the end of the core at 2.58m. The cores show that there is virtually no surviving archaeological material here, but the geology consists of the underlying very compact silt-clay, with a thin layer of shale upon it and then the fine, yellow sand piled up on to of this silt base. Agricultural land at the location of the former Tell Bisintawi (Photograph Dr Penny Wilson; other images kept at the EES).