Predynastic and Pharaonic Egypt
Tell el-Farkha and Tell el-Murrah (Egypt)
For current work at Tell el-Farkha and Tell el-Murrah see the blog (in Polish): http://farcha.blox.pl/html.
Tell el-Murra (Egypt)
Digging dates: 27 February–24 March 2010
Director: Dr. Mariusz A. Jucha, archaeologist (Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków)
SCA representative: Ismail Abdel Razik Abdel Moaty Ali (Faqus SCA Inspectorate)
Archaeologists: Grzegorz Pryc, Katarzyna Błaszczyk, Michał Kurzyk (all PhD candidates, Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków)
Archaeologist, geologist: Dr. Michał Wasilewski (Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków)
Archaeologist, geophysicists: Artur Buszek (PhD candidate, Institute of Archaeology, Jagiellonian University, Kraków)
Student-trainees from the Institute of Archaeology of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków
Much of the work of the Northwestern Nile Delta Survey Project involved research at Tell el-Murra, a site in the northeastern part of the Nile Delta chosen for excavation on the basis of results from the 2008 survey season. Archaeological testing was coupled with magnetic prospection and geological core drillings in an effort to establish site stratigraphy and chronology. An analysis of the assemblage of finds (mainly pottery), confirmed occupation of the northeastern part of the site in the Old Kingdom period, after the southwestern part had already been abandoned. Core drilling results suggested the presence of Predynastic layers below the Protodynastic strata explored in 2010. A continued survey around Tell el-Murra comprised prospection at the sites of Tell Abu el-Halyat, Tell el-Akhdar, Minshat Radwan, Tell Gezira el-Faras, Gezira Sangaha, Mantiqat el-Qalaa and Kafr el-Hadidi. Naqada III pottery was confirmed at the first four of these sites.