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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pottery bowl, made on the Greek island of Chios in the late 7th century BC and brought

How did ancient Egypt shape the development of Greek culture? What was the impact of the encounter with Greece on Egypt? How did these completely different cultures interact? These questions have been asked for more than a century. Excavations at the ancient city of Naukratis have been a key source of evidence for providing new answers.

Located in the Nile Delta of Egypt, Naukratis was a Greek trading post from the seventh century BC. In the late nineteenth century it was rediscovered and excavated by Flinders Petrie, pioneer of Egyptian archaeology. Yet 130 years later, the site is still poorly understood.

This project is re-examining the evidence to gain a better idea of how Greeks, Egyptians and others lived together, traded and interacted in this city, and of the lasting impact of these cultural exchanges. The project is a collaboration between classical archaeologists and Egyptologists at the British Museum, and scholars and institutions worldwide.

Images: top, pottery bowl, made on the Greek island of Chios in the late 7th century BC and brought
to Naukratis by a Greek trader; bottom row, excavations at Naukratis under David Hogarth, 1899, head
from a terracotta figurine of a sphinx dedicated in one of the Greek sanctuaries at Naukratis, sherd
from an Archaic East Greek amphora found at Naukratis.