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.

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You may also be interested to visit the separate Western Delta Regional Survey on Durham University's website here: 

Deep layers of Predynastic and Old Kingdom remains have been found at this site by the French archaeological expedition that began work in 2015. This project used the new name for this location: Tell el-Nashed.

See Rapport d’activité 2015-2016, Supplement au Bulletin de l’institut Français d’archéologie orientale, Vol. 116 (2016), 64-8.

Buchez N. et al., 'Lower Egyptian Culture Settlement at Tell el-Iswid in the Nile Delta', in B. Midant-Reynes, Y. Tristant and E.M. Ryan (eds.), Egypt at its Origins 5, Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 260, Peeters 2017, 35-48.

Buchez, N., et al., 'Tell el-Iswid' [notice archéologique], Bulletin archéologique des Écoles françaises à l’étranger [En ligne], Égypte, mis en ligne le 01 novembre 2020, consulté le 02 décembre 2020. URL:

Guyot, F., Azzarà, V., Briois, F., Marchand, J., Midant-Reynes, B., 'An Early Old Kingdom Rural Community in the Eastern Nile Delta: First Season of Excavations at Tell el-Neshed', BIFAO 118 (2018), 143-188.

Guyot, F., Marchand, J., and Petit, C., 'Early Old Kingdom Pottery from Tell el-Neshed (Eastern Delta, Sharqia Governorate)', Bulletin de liaison de la céramique Egyptienne 28 (2018), 82-116.