Project director

Department of Greece and Rome 

Project curators

Supported by

The Leverhulme Trust
  • Christian Levett and the Mougins Museum of Classical Art
  • The Shelby White - Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications
  • Institute of Classical Studies, London
  • The British Academy, Reckitt Fund

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Naukratis has been the topic of scholarly studies ever since its rediscovery 130 years ago (and even before). Here is a list of the main excavation reports and of some of the most important subsequent studies, as well as the publications of the Naukratis project so far.

Online Research Catalogue

The British Museum Online research catalogue Naukratis: Greeks in Egypt is now online, giving access to the complete set of over 18,000 objects excavated during the late 19th and early 20th century excavations at the site, as well as containing a wide range of analytical chapters concerning the material culture, history and topography of the site.

Other main project publications to date

A. Villing and U. Schlotzhauer (eds), Naukratis: Greek Diversity in Egypt. Studies on East Greek Pottery and Exchange in the Eastern Mediterranean (London, 2006)

M. Spataro and A. Villing, “Scientific Investigation of Pottery Grinding Bowls in the Archaic and Classical Eastern Mediterranean”, British Museum Technical Research Bulletin 3 (2009) 89-100

R. Stacey, C. Cartwright, S. Tanimoto and A. Villing, ‘Coatings and Contents: Investigations of Residues on some 6th century BC Vessel Sherds from Naukratis (Egypt)’, British Museum Technical Research Bulletin 4 (2010) 19-26

A. J. Spencer, ‘The Egyptian temple and settlement at Naukratis’, BMSAES 17 (2011) 31–43

R.I Thomas and A. Villing, ‘Naukratis Revisited 2012: Integrating New Fieldwork and Old Research’, BMSAES 20 (2013) 81-125.

A. Villing, ‘Egypt as a “market” for Greek pottery: some thoughts on production, consumption and distribution in an intercultural environment’, in A. Tsingarida and D. Viviers (eds), Pottery Markets in the Ancient Greek World (8th-1st centuries B.C.), Proceedings of the International Symposium held at the Université libre de Bruxelles, 19–21 June 2008  (Études d’Archéologie 5) (Brussels, 2013), 73–101

Main publications of excavations at Naukratis

W.D.E. Coulson and A. Leonard, Cities of the Delta Pt.1, Naukratis. Preliminary Report on the 1977-78 and 1980 Seasons (Malibu, 1981)

W.D.E. Coulson, Ancient Naukratis II.1, The Survey at Naukratis (Oxford, 1996)

A. Leonard Jr., Ancient Naukratis. Excavations at a Greek Emporium in Egypt I, The Excavations at Kom Ge’if (Boston, 1997)

A. Leonard Jr., Ancient Naukratis. Excavations at a Greek Emporium in Egypt II,The Excavations at Kom Hadid (Boston, 2001).

Studies, and historical background (selection)

J. Yoyotte, ‘L’Amon de Naukratis’, Revue d’Egyptologie 34 (1982/3) 129-136; ‘Le dieu Horemheb’, ibid. 148-149

J. Yoyotte, ‘Naucratis, ville égyptienne’, Annuaire du Collège de France 1991/2, 634-644

J. Yoyotte, ‘Les contacts entre Égyptiens et Grecs (VIIe-IIe siècles avant J.-C.): Naucratis, ville égyptienne (1992-1993.1993-1994)’, Annuaire du Collège de France 1993/4, 679-692

J. Yoyotte, ‘Les contacts entre Égyptiens et Grecs’, Annuaire du Collège de France 1994/5, 669-682

A. Möller, Naukratis. Trade in Archaic Greece (Oxford, 2000)

A. Bresson, La cité marchande (Bordeaux, 2000) 13-84

U. Höckmann and D. Kreikenbom (eds), Naukratis: Die Beziehungen zu Ostgriechenland, Ägypten und Zypern in archaischer Zeit (Möhnesee, 2001)

G. Nick, Zypro-ionische Kleinplastik aus Kalkstein und Alabaster. Archäologische Studien zu Naukratis I (Möhnesee, 2006)

U. Höckmann and W. Königs, Zyprisch-griechische Kleinplastik: Kouroi, andere Figuren und plastisch verzierte Gefäße / Archaische griechische Bauteile. Archäologische Studien zu Naukratis II (Worms, 2007)

P. Wilson and G. Gilbert, ‘Sais and its Trading Relations with the Eastern Mediterranean’, in P. Kousoulis and K. Magliveras (eds), Moving Across the Borders: Foreign Relations, Religion and Cultural Interactions in the Ancient Mediterranean (Leuven, 2008) 249-265

F. Leclère, Les villes de Basse Égypte au Ier millénaire av. J.-C. Analyse archéologique et historique de la topographie urbaine. IFAO Bibliothèque d’Étude 144 (Cairo, 2008) 128-139

D. Robinson and A. Wilson (eds), Alexandria and the North-Western Delta. Joint Conference Proceedings of Alexandria City and Harbour (Oxford 2004) and The Trade and Topography of Egypt’s North-Western Delta (Berlin 2006) (Oxford, 2010)

U. Schlotzhauer and S. Weber, Griechische Keramik des 7. und 6. Jahrhunderts v. Chr. aus Naukratis und anderen Orten in Ägypten. Archäologische Studien zu Naukratis III (Worms, 2012)