Kom Firin – Introduction
The British Museum has now completed eight seasons of fieldwork at Kom Firin in the Western Delta, directed by Neal Spencer.
Several factors led to the choice of this site for a new fieldwork project. It presents an extensive amount of archaeological deposits above the water table, an important consideration in the Delta, where excavations would otherwise require a water-pump.
Kom Firin also provides the opportunity to investigate a settlement and its temple(s) in the Western Delta, an area having received little systematic archaeological exploration, despite its undoubted strategic importance throughout much of the late second and early first millennium BC.
Furthermore, like many sites in the region, it is under serious threat from the encroachment of agriculture.
Finally, Kom Firin has a historical link to the British Museum. Flinders Petrie visited the site in 1886, as part of his fieldwork on behalf of the Egypt Exploration Fund. He acquired two objects now in the British Museum, which suggest the presence of a Saite temple at the site.