The settlement at Nakheil looking south. In the distance the palm trees, after which the site is named, can be seen close to the remains of a heavily disturbed Roman hydreuma:
A close-up of one of the structures in the settlement at Nakheil showing their rather simple lay-out and construction:


Objective of visit:
To draw a measured plan of the site and study the surface remains (including the ceramic finds).
Date of visit:
  - June 1999
Fellow visitors:
  Prof.Dr. Steve Sidebotham (University of Delaware).
Results: A survey was performed using the Global Positioning System, a theodolite and steel tape measures. Off-site assistance was given by pottery expert Dr. Roberta Tomber (Museum of London). No excavations took place. Due to lack of time our work on site was left unfinished.
Approximate position and date of the site:   Nakheil is in the southern part of the Egyptian Eastern desert, just north of the Quft-Quseir asphalt road and close to the Red Sea coast. Surface pottery dated to the Ptolemaic period (ca. 330 - 30 BC).
Short description of the site:   The settlement at Nakheil served some kind of mining operation. The Ptolemaic site is in between a neo-lithic settlement to the north, and a Roman hydreuma to the south. The site comprises a large number of simple huts at the southern base of the foothills.
Additional remarks: The settlement at Nakheil is rather well preserved whereas the Roman hydreuma is heavily damaged. Due to lack of time the survey of Nakheil was left unfinished. Our work was sponsored by the University of Delaware and private donors.