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.

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

Surveyed in 2022 by a team led by P. Wilson. The site has dimensions of 360m x 140m, covering 3.92 hectares, with a maximum height of 4.2m above the surrounding fields. It has straight edge boundaries especially on the east, south and north sides. On the 1914 Survey of Egypt map the site is called Kom 'Agla and consisted of  two clear mounds, a large higher one to the north, and smaller one to the south. The latter had a rectangular structure on top of it. Both mounds now have cemeteries and tomb structures on them which have covered the site since 2004.

The area between the two mounds seems to have been used for some rubbish dumping; a path cuts across the site between the two mounds from the south-east to the north-west. The fringe areas are used for agricultural processing. Little archaeological material was noted at the site, although the pottery that was found near the cemetery tended to be from modern flower-pots. Some older fired bricks seem to have been dug out of the mound for use in the modern cemetery constructions.

The survey confirmed the dual nature of the site but little other archaeological information was gained because of the sue of the site as a modern cemetery.

Surveying the flat zone in 2022                                                     Low mud area    

                    Potsherds collected