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] 

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.