Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt

Alexandra Villing, Marianne Bergeron, Giorgos Bourogiannis, Alan Johnston, François Leclère, Aurélia Masson and Ross Thomas

With Daniel von Recklinghausen, Jeffrey Spencer, Valerie Smallwood, Virginia Webb and Susan Woodford

Search this Catalogue

Advanced search  

See all objects in this catalogue 

Supported by

The Leverhulme Trust
  • The Shelby White - Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications
  • Christian Levett and the Mougins Museum of Classical Art
  • Share this catalogue

Excavation at Amara West, Sudan

The Greek-Egyptian town of Naukratis in the Nile Delta was a major centre of cross-cultural contact in the ancient world. This catalogue presents the wealth of archaeological finds made in late 19th and early 20th century excavations at the site, well over 17,000 objects that are today dispersed in museums worldwide. Comprising Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Cypriot objects dating from the 7th century BC to the 7th century AD, it illustrates the rich and varied history of this important site.



An introduction to the development and historical context of Naukratis, its re-discovery and excavation and its modern history.


1. Discovering Naukratis history of excavations and research

2. Naukratis Egypt and Mediterranean world: the historical background

3. The site of Naukratis: topography, buildings, landscape 

4. The material culture of Naukratis - an overview 

5. Key object groups in focus 

Images, from top, left to right: pottery bowl (lekane), 620 -600 BC; seal impression, 26th Dynasty; limestone relief plaque, Late Period; amuletic figures, 664 - 525 BC


Entries are generated directly from our collection database and might change as Museum curators discover more about the objects.*

This format aims to provide a 'living' catalogue so its contents can be adapted to reflect current research.

More about using this catalogue 

See all objects in this catalogue 

*Please note: for technical reasons not all images in the catalogue are currently being displayed.