Tell el-Farcha /Ghazala/ (Egypt), 2017

Tell el-Farkha 2017

Dates of work: 23 September–25 October 2017


Co-Directors: Dr. Marek Chłodnicki, archaeologist (Archaeological Museum in Poznań), Prof. Krzysztof M. Ciałowicz, archaeologist (Institute of Archeology, Jagiellonian University)
SCA representatives: Latifa Mohammed Elsayed, Hamdy Ahmed Abdel Azeem, Maaly Mohammed Hashish
Archaeologists: Grzegorz Bąk-Pryc, Daria Białobrzecka, Dr. Joanna Dębowska-Ludwin, Marcin Gamrat, Dr. Mariusz Jucha, Jacek Karmowski, Karolina Rosińska-Balik, Jakub Skłucki, Magdalena Więckowska (all Institute of Archeology, Jagiellonian University), Gabriela Horodeczny (Institute of Archaeology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań) and Krzysztof Stawarz (freelance)
Ceramologists: Magdalena Kazimierczak, Magdalena Sobas (both Institute of Archeology, Jagiellonian University), and Dr. Agnieszka Mączyńska (Archaeological Museum in Poznań)
Anthropologist: Prof. Anita Szczepanek (Chair of Anatomy, Collegium Medicum, Jagiellonian University)
Archaeobotanists: Dr. Lucy Kubiak-Martens (BIAX Consult, Zaandam)
Conservators: Prof. Marcin Biborski (Institute of Archeology, Jagiellonian University), Małgorzata Żukowska (Archaeological Museum in Poznań)
Photographer: Robert Słaboński (freelance)
Documentalists: Urszula Doros (all Institute of Archeology, Jagiellonian University)
Student-trainees: Izabela Sterczewska, Dagmara Filek, Małgorzata Leska, Adrianna Niżnik (all Jagiellonian University in Kraków). Training for young inspectors from Mansura was conducted in the season.

(Joint description for seasons 2016 and 2017)

The paper discusses archaeological investigations carried out on all three tells making up the site of Tell el-Farkha, expanding on the findings from earlier seasons. Phasing of the brewery discovered four years ago on the Western Kom gave a time range for the use of the installation from the first Southern Egyptian occupation (Naqada IID) to the Naqada IIIA1/2–IIIB phase, when a catastrophic fire destroyed the entire settlement. The big Naqada warehouse on the Central Kom was also phased (beginning in Naqada IIIA1) and further parts of an underlying building attributed to the Lower Egyptian culture were explored, including a wooden fence around the structure. The 11 graves explored on the Eastern Kom were dated to the Tell el-Farkha Phase 6 (Naqada IIIC2–IIID). They cut into a building (temple?) from an earlier phase.


The two campaigns were financed by the National Science Centre (grant UMO-2014/13/B/HS3/04976) and sponsored by the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Archaeological Museum in Poznań, Polish Centre of Mediterranean Archaeology University of Warsaw, and the Patrimonium Foundation, Poznań.


Text: Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean 27/1


M. Chłodnicki: mchlod(at)
K. Ciałowicz: kmcialowicz(at)