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 

Delegates attending the fifth Delta Survey Workshop at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in 2017

The Delta Survey Conference and Workshop is a biannual event bringing together researchers working in the Egyptian Delta. It is supported by the EES Delta Survey project and run in collaboration with a host institution and always in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.

Coming up

The seventh Delta Survey Workshop will be expanded in 2021 into a Conference and Workshop and will be held online and, where possible, in-person hybrid events in Cairo. 

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Previous events

The first Delta Survey Workshop was held on 26 March 2009 at the British Council in Cairo. Click here to read a report on the papers given and the lively discussions which ensued.

Following the success of the first Workshop in Cairo a second was arranged for 2011, this time lasting two days (31 March - 1 April). Read the programme and abstracts here.

A Delta Survey Study-Day was held on 19 November 2011 in Berlin and a trip for EES members was organised to coincide with it.


Professor Dr Mamdouh Eldamaty with Professor Manfred Bietak at the Delta Survey study day held in Berlin in 2011. 

On 22-23 March 2013 the third Delta Survey Workshop was held in Cairo and, following several requests for the papers to be made available, it was agreed that participants should be invited to send material which would be prepared for publication and uploaded online. Click here to read more about the research presented

The fourth Workshop was held in Cairo in March 2015. 

On 6 June 2015, the EES held a Delta Discoveries seminar event in London brining together its own archaeological projects in the Delta to discuss their latest work and collaborations. 

The fifth Delta Survey Workshop was held on 6-7 April 2017 at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. For two full days, more than 150 scholars gathered to discuss the most recent archaeological discoveries in this region of Egypt. Read more about this Workshop here.

The Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Prof Ismail Serageldin, opens the 5th Delta Survey Workshop. Next to him (L-R) are Dr Mohamed Kenawi, Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Dr Hisham el-Leithy, Director of the Documentation Centre Ministry of Antiquities, and Dr Cédric Gobeil, Director of the Egypt Exploration Society.

In 2019, the sixth Delta Survey Workshop was hosted by the University of Mansoura on 11-13 April.