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: http://community.dur.ac.uk/penelope.wilson/Delta/Survey.html 

Surveyed for the Delta Survey in 2018 by a team led by Dr P. Wilson, who reported:

The field patterns to the west and south-east of the site suggest that the area covered was once much greater and that there was a channel of the river close by on the east side.

The highest point of the central mound was around 5m above the level of the fields, with flat mud areas around the base. The pottery dated to the Late Roman period. On the magnetic survey much was obscured by buried pottery and fired brick, but a square building to the west and stronger linear features to the east can be detected. The surface consists of loose dusty soil, with a few bricks. Excavations at the site have found a red-brick tank and several pottery coffins, suggesting a small village or town with cemetery and other features during the Roman period. See further Hinojosa-Baliño, I., Tiribilli, E. and Wilson, P. 2019, 'The Delta Survey: Recent work in Kafr el-Sheikh and Beheira', Egyptian Archaeology 55, 10-13.

    

Satellite image showng test-pits over the north end of the mound                Top of the mound showing dusty surface, with little material

  

Red-brick plastered tank in salvage area of site                                                   View across the top of the mound

Top of an amphora