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] 

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Ashmawy, A., Beiersdorf, M. and Raue, D., 2015, 'The Thirtieth Dynasty in the Temple of Heliopolis', Egyptian Archaeology 47 (Autumn 2015), 13-16. 
Ashmawy Ali, A., Connor, S. and Raue, D. 2019, ‘Psamtik I in Heliopolis’, Egyptian Archaeology 55, 34-9.
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Balboush, M. 1976, ‘General Soundings in Heliopolis in 1971’, GM 22, 65. 
Balboush, M. 1979, ‘Preliminary export on the new discovery of the temple of Ramesses II at Heliopolis’, ASAE 63, 7-33. 
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Bickel, S. & Tallet, P. 1997, ‘La nécropole saïte d’Héliopolis’, BIFAO 97, 67-90. 
Daressy, G. 1916, ‘La necropole des grands prêtres d’ Heliopolis sous l’ancien empire, I - inscriptions’, ASAE 16, 193-212. 
Daressy, G. 1919. ‘La tombe du Mnevis de Ramses II’, ASAE 18, 196-210. 
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De Dapper, M. and Herbich, T. 2015, ‘Geomorphological and geophysical survey’, Egyptian Archaeology 46 (Spring 2015), 12-13. 
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El-Alfi, 1994, ‘ Un nouveau échanson d’Heliopolis’, DE 28, 15-20. 
El-Banna, E. 1981, ‘L’obélisque de Sesostris I à Heliopolis et il déplace?’, RdE 33, 3-9. 
El-Sawi, A. 1990, ‘A Limestone Statue of Sety II from jwn-(Heliopolis)’, MDAIK 46, 337-40. 
El-Sawi, A. and Gomaa, F. 1993, Das Grab des Panehsi, Gottesvaters von Heliopolis in Matariya, Wiesbaden. 
Gauthier, H. 1921, ‘ À travers la Basse-Egypte’, ASAE 21, 197-203. 
Gabolde, L. and Laisney, D. 2017, ‘L’Orientation du temple d’Heliopolis: données géographiques et implications historiques’, MDAIK 73, 105-132. 
Gauthier, H. 1927, ‘Une tombe d’époque saite à Heliopolis’, ASAE 27, 1-18. 
Griffith, F.L. 1890, The Antiquities of Tell el Yahûdîyeh and Miscellaneous Work in Lower Egypt During the Years 1887-1888, London, 64-5. 
Hamada, A. 1938, ‘A Stele from Manshiyet es-Sadr’, ASAE 38, 217-230. 
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Jeffreys, D. 1998, ‘The Topography of Heliopolis and Memphis: Some Cognitive Aspects’, in Stationen ? Beiträge zur Kulturgeschichte Ägyptens, Rainer Stadelmann gewidmet, Mainz-am-Rhein, 63-71. 
Jeffreys, D. 1999, ‘Joseph Hekekyan at Heliopolis’, in A. Leahy, A. and J. Tait, (eds), Studies on Ancient Egypt in Honour of H.S. Smith, London, 157-168. 
Kamal, A. 1903, ‘Chapelle d’un Mnevis de Ramses III’, RT 25, 29-37. 
Moussa, A. 1994, ‘A seated statue of Neheb-k3w from Heliopolis’, in Hommages å Jean Leclant I, Cairo, 479-83. 
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Ramadan, W. 1989, ‘Was there a chapel of Nehebkaw in Heliopolis?, GM 110, 55-63. 
Raue, D. and Ashmawy, A. 2015, ‘The Temple of Heliopolis: excavations 2012-14’, Egyptian Archaeology 46 (Spring 2015), 8-11. 
Raue, D. 2008, ‘The Joint Egyptian-German Excavations in Heliopolis in Autumn 2005’, MDAIK 64 2008, 1-9. 
Raue, Dietrich, 1999, Heliopolis und das Haus des Re ? Eine Prosopographie und ein Toponym im Neuen Reich, Abhandlungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts Kairo, Ägyptologische Reihe Band 16, Berlin. 
Saleh, A. 1981, Excavations at Heliopolis I. Cairo. 
Saleh, A. 1983, Excavations at Heliopolis II. Cairo. 
Saleh, A. 1982, ‘A third season-work at Tell el-Hisn in ancient Heliopolis’, in L’Egyptologie en 1979, I. Paris. 
Saleh, A. 1991, ‘Some minor objects of art from ancient Heliopolis’, MDAIK 47, 309-12. 
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