This site lies to the east of Dikirnis in Daqhaliya Governorate.The mound comprises a high area of 200 x 170m, rising some 10m above the surrounding cultivated land, with adjacent low-lying ground to the north and south. The low areas were once much larger, extending to the east by an additional 650m, as shown by CORONA images of the 1960s. A small outlying elevated part of this extension was left in the fields after the clearance of the remainder, and was excavated in 2004 by the SCA (Directed by Elsayed el-Talhawy). On the high part of the mound a number of buildings are visible on satellite imagery (most conveniently seen in Google Earth), including a temple and a casemate foundation-platform. The site was visited by J. & P. Spencer in 2012 and again in 2013, when the walls of these buildings could be seen quite clearly on the ground surface (see Fig. 1 below). Excavation and survey for the EES Delta Survey began in March-April 2014. The plans of the temple (late New Kingdom) and the casemate platform (Saite) were delineated. The temple was built entirely of mud-brick and was 53m in width by 97.5m long. The original floor-level of the building was discovered and by comparing this with the level of the highest preserved portions of the temple it is clear that walls, all buried in the mound, are preserved to a height of over five metres in places. The temple was founded at a low level and its presence may have been the prime factor in the creation of the mound in which it is now buried, an accumulation of collapse and erosion of the brickwork itself, with dust brought in by the wind and compacted by rain. Above this accumulation is some fill with sherds of the late Third Intermediate Period to early twenty-sixth dynasty, by which date the temple was out of use.

The casemate foundation platform lies to the south of the temple and measures 35.5m square, which is a little over half the size of the casemate platforms of Tell Dafana or Naukratis. The interior cells contained only dust and mud, with pottery fragments mostly limited to the upper parts of the fill. The pottery was of the early phase of the Late Period. One of the compartments had rounded corners, so may have bee vaulted over in brick, and another retained traces of a wooden covering, but neither of these two cells contained anything more interesting than the others.

Both the temple and the casemate foundation were founded on a surface which consisted of layers of New Kingdom settlement, at the base of the high mound. This was investigated in more detail in 2015, to reveal remains of houses, silos and ovens. Pottery dates this settlement to the late 18th and early 19th dynasties. This settlement is quite extensive along the north-west side of the mound, and continues below the high ruins of the temple. 

Satellite image of the mound (Google Earth)

SW wall of the temple before excavation

SW wall of the temple after excavation

Gate of the temple