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Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty, held a press conference in Cairo on March 17, 2016 to announce findings from radar examination of KV62, better known as King Tutankhamun's tomb. Jane Smythe, assistant to the director of ARCE, attended the press conference and reports that the minister confirmed the existence of apparent hidden chambers as well as objects within these chambers.

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ARCE ARCHAEOLOGISTS AND PROJECTS FEATURED IN NEW USAID VIDEO: The Sons of Luxor: Unearthing Egypt’s past for a brighter future

Here is a link to a great new video produced by USAID in Egypt. It features two of ARCE's team members Saad El Hafez and Ali Al Hinnewi discussing their work and ARCE's efforts to protect cultural heritage and provide much needed employment in Luxor. Watch video >>


The Grand Egyptian Museum has announced the 2nd International Tutankhamun GEM Conference will be held 6-8 of May, 2016 at the GEM in Giza.

For more information you can send  your inquiries and questions to the official e-mail:

The secretary of the conference this year is Islam Mostafa, member of the technical office of the General Director of GEM Project.

It is hoped that Tutankhamun/Amarna experts will be able to attend this important event in 2016. The main topics will be Shrines, Chariotry, Textiles, Jewellery and Flora, so experts in these fields are encouraged to attend.

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ARCE has been notified that the Egyptian Museum in Cairo has implemented new rules for scholars wishing to take photos for study or research publication. A fee structure is in effect and a Study Request Application must be submitted in advance. PDFs of the application form and the photography rules and fees are available for downloading. Study Requests for EMC images should be sent to: Egyptian Museum – Tahrir Square – Cairo, Egypt; or by e-mail:

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Photography Rules and Fees >>



Behind the Scenes: The Repatriation of Stolen Objects

Feb 21, 2016

You might expect to see foreign Ambassadors and cultural Attachés at exhibit openings in Cairo, and indeed many were present when Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty, Minister of Antiquities opened the temporary exhibit entitled, “Repatriated Objects: 2014-2015” at the Egyptian Museum last month. The exhibit marked the 10th anniversary of Archaeologist’s Day, the date on which Egyptian archaeologists took over the management of the country's antiquities from the French in the 1950's. More importantly it celebrated the return of some 500 Egyptian artifacts repatriated from eight foreign countries during 2014 and 2015.

ARCE Partners with Ministry of Antiquities on Two-Day Archaeobotany Workshop

Feb 20, 2016

Archaeobotanical analysis is a well-established, albeit small, field within Egyptian archaeology. As the study of plant remains that have survived in archaeological contexts it is largely important in aiding scientists and archaeologists to understand the relationship between humans and plants in the past and their exploitation of the natural landscape, and to reconstruct the ancient environment. More >>






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