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] 

Ancient Plinthine.

French excavations since 2012 have revealed the site to be much older than expected, with remains going back to the NK and evidence for considerable development in the 26th dynasty, in addition to the extensive late Roman levels. For earlier investigations see Adriani, A., 'Nécropole et ville de Plinthine', Annuaire du Musée gréco-romain III, Alexandrie, 1952, 140-59.
See especially Boussac, M.F., 'Recent works at Taposiris and Plinthine', BSAA 49, 2015, 189-217 which gives numerous additional references.
Boussac, M.F. and El-Amouri, M., 'The lake structures at Taposiris' in L. Blue, E. Khalil (eds), Lake Mareotis Conference: reconstructing the past, Universities of Southampton and Alexandria, 5th-6th April 2008, BAR-IS 2113, Oxford, 2010,  87-105.
Robinson, D. and Goddio, F. (eds) 2015, Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology Monographs: Thonis-Heracleion in Context.
Boussac, M.F., Dhennin, S. and Redon, B. (avec une annexe de Z. Barahona-Mendieta), 'Plinthine et la Maréotide pharaonique', BIFAO 115, 2015, 15-35.
Redon, B. and Vanpeene, M. (avec une annexe céramologique de M. Pesenti), 'La vigne a été inventée dans la ville égyptienne de Plinthine'. À propos de la découverte d’un fouloir saïte à Kôm el-Nogous (Maréotide)’, BIFAO 116, 2016,  303-324.
Pisenti, M. and Saleh, R., 'Le secteur 8 de site côtier de Plinthine. Une espace multifonctionnel de l’époque saite et perse?', BCE 28 (2018), 5-49.
Redon, B., 'An Egyptian grand cru: wine production in Plinthine', EA 55 (Autumn 2019), 28-33.
Redon, B., Dhennin, S., et al., 'Taposiris Magna et Plinthine' [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:
Redon, B. et al., 'Taposiris Magna et Plinthine (2020)' [notice archéologique], Bulletin archéologique des Écoles françaises à l’étranger [En ligne], Égypte, mis en ligne le 30 mai 2021, consulté le 10 décembre 2021. URL:
Redon, B. et al. 2016, Bulletin de liaison de la ceramique 26. 5-38: Évolution des assemblages céramiques du Kôm de Plinthine de la fin de la Troisième Période intermédiaire à l’époque saïto-perse Étude de deux contextes stratigraphiques du secteur 2.
Dhennin, S., and Somaglino, C. 2022, 'Un temple de Ramsès II au Kôm el-Nogous (Plinthine) : nouvelles données sur l’implication ramesside en Maréotide', BIFAO 122, 2022, 209-243.