Western Delta News

Western Nile Delta News News about the Western Delta in Egypt

by Mohamed Ahmed Radi Abouarab
Please email Mohamed (mabouarab@yahoo.es) with any comments, or any news items you would like me to post.

The Official Tour Egypt Voice in the Western Delta, Egypt February 28th, 2007

Kafr El Sheikh, city in northeastern Egypt, capital of the Kafr El Sheikh governorate, 149 km (93 mi) north of the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The city lies in the north central Nile River Delta, in one of the world's oldest agricultural regions. Local crops include long-staple cotton, rice, wheat, and clover. Kafr El Sheikh is connected to the complex rail network that radiates north from Cairo. About 31 km (19 mi) northwest is the site of the ancient city of Buto, the political center of Lower Egypt before its unification around 3100 BC. Until the end of the Roman era in the 7th century AD, Buto continued to be the center of worship of the cult of Uto, a cobra-headed goddess. Archaeological excavations have unearthed two settlements and a temple. The construction of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile in the 1960s has restricted the flow of water and nutrients downstream. As a result, there has been a serious increase in salinity in the area immediately north of Kafr El Sheikh, which has harmed its agricultural production.

Posted by Mohamed : - 9:46 am -

About Mohamed Ahmed Radi Abouarab Mohamed hold a PHd degree in Archaeology with a fellowship in the Prehistory and Archaeology department and the Medieval History Department and CC.TT.HH at school of Philosophy and Art at Granada University in Spain. He is currently an inspector for the Ministry of Culture, the Supreme Council of Antiquities for the Kafr El Sheikh Antiquities Area in Egypt.