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: http://community.dur.ac.uk/penelope.wilson/Delta/Survey.html 

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] 

Revisited in 2021 by a team led by Penny Wilson. Much if the surface was obscured by agricultural material left to dry. The satellite images appear to show two distinct areas – one to the west and another to the east with a clear area in the centre, possibly the consequence of previous excavations. The eastern area trenches left a section in the central area in which clear archaeological stratigraphy can be seen. It is not clear when the work was carried out, but it was before 2004 when the earliest satellite image already shows the site in its current form. The area in the north-west corner has also been subjected to digging of some kind – perhaps originally formal excavation. Eight magnetometer grids were laid out across the main area of the site to take in the east, west and central zones. The magnetic map showed the extent of the disturbance of the site, but some buried features were visible including: in the northwest area the possible corner of a structure, a hemispherical feature also in this area (perhaps part of a circle or part of something else) with regular linear features next to it; further circular features in the north and short linear arrangements of material; a clear division or end to the central zone; in the four eastern grids there may be a rectangular structure lying across where they join and in the north-western grid there is another corner of a large structure. Aside from this there are many areas of burning or buried highly magnetic material, including a parallel line of regular small highly magnetic features in the south area of the central zone (they may be modern iron tethering pegs). The pottery was mostly found in the side ditches and the excavation section and was mainly Late Roman in date and included the standard set of Late Roman 1 amphora, LR4 Gazan amphora, LR5/6 Egyptian amphora, cooking pots, and a few finewares.

       

East side from centre (left) and west side of mound (right)

  

Millstone and amphora sherds