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: 

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] 

Surveyed for the EES by Elena Tiribilli in 2018, who reported:

Kom el-Ghasuli is located close to the modern village of Al-Baslaqun, and is surrounded by fields. It was part of a much larger group of settlements or one large settlement in antiquity. The remaining site presents an irregular shape, characterised today by two sandy mounds of which the highest is 2.14 m above the field level. The northern area of the kom has been levelled in two flat areas. The mound and the flat area itself has a surface of loose, dusty soil with a medium density covering of pottery. There are no archaeological features visible on the surface, but sections at the side of the kom show clear stratified sequences of layers, including brick and pottery deposits. The surface pottery indicates an occupation range from the 2nd century BC to the 7th century AD and there was a high presence of imported amphorae (LRA1 and LRA 4) and table wares coming from Cyprus, the Levant, and Asia Minor. The presence of AE 3 and its late variants is clearly attested. See Israel Hinojosa-Baliño, Elena Tiribilli, Penelope Wilson, 'The Delta Survey Project Survey in Kafr el-Sheikh and Beheira governorates in 2018', Egyptian Archaeology 55.

The photographs below show remains of the mound and some of the standing sections (E. Tiribilli, 2018)

Read more about the Kafr el Dawar survey (2018) here