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.

Download the submission guidelines

All correspondence and submissions should be made to: [email protected] 

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.

Next Conference and Workshop

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the Eighth Delta Survey Conference.

The conference will be held at Ain Shams University, Cairo on 18th-19th March 2023, and on 20th March there will be a site visit to Arab el-Hisn.

We are grateful for the support and collaboration of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Ain Shams University and the British Academy through the Delta Survey Special Project of the Egypt Exploration Society.

We invite papers and posters about recent fieldwork and research in the Delta from any period. We look forward to hearing about archaeological work of all kinds, new ideas, new methods and techniques from sites that are being researched now, or new research on the archives of former excavations. Full presentations should be no more than 25 minutes; short presentations 15 minutes.

Please fill in the Abstract form and send it to [email protected]: by the 15th January 2023.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee of the DSC and we will be in contact with you by the beginning of February.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Penny Wilson, Mamdouh Eldamaty, Essam Nagy, Ayman Wahby

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. 

The seventh Delta Survey Conference and Workshop was held on 30th September and 1st October 2021 on Zoom during the global pandemic. This year, the event focused on work conducted in the Delta between 2019 and 2021.