Tell Nabasha Survey Project

The Tell Nabasha Survey Project is an archaeological investigation of the site of Tell Nabasha in the Nile Delta. Excavations at the site in 2015-2017 by the University of Liverpool revealed a Late Period settlement and many other archaeological remains. In 2016, I undertook a multi-spectral satellite remote sensing survey of the site, discovering a number of archaeological features within the temple area and on the open tell to the south.

Satellite remote-sensing specialist

Multi-spectral satellite remote sensing

My multi-spectral satellite remote sensing of tell Nabasha revealed many archaeological features in the temple area and on the tell to the south. Based on Petrie’s excavation plans from 1888, the remotely-sensed features appear connected to the enclosure wall, Ramesside pylon, and Late Period temple. On the tell to the south, small circular features revealed by the multi-spectral imagery are probably kilns similar to those found during excavations in 2015. No archaeological features were identified in multi-spectral imagery of the fields around the site.

University of Liverpool


Satellite remote sensing specialist

The Gerald Averay Wainwright Fund;

Herlovianersamfundet’s Legater.


  • A peer-reviewed chapter in the forthcoming Tell Nabasha Project monograph:
    • Pethen, H. In press. Applying Remote Sensing Technology to Areas of Archaeological Interest at Tell Nabasha. In. N. Nielsen, Excavating the City of the Snake Goddess: Flinders Petrie at Tell Nabasha. British Museum Publications on Egypt and Sudan. Peeters: London.


  • Nielsen, N. V. Gasperini and M. Mamedow. 2016. Preliminary Report on the First Season of the Tell Nabasha Project, Autumn 2015. Ägypten und Levante 26, 65-74.
  • Petrie, W. M. F. 1888. Nebesheh (AM) and Defenneh (Tahpanhes). Memoirs of the Egypt Exploration Fund 4.

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