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The American Research Center in Egypt has been actively helping to conserve Egyptian monuments since 1993. With funds generously provided by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in close collaboration with Egypts Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), over fifty projects have now been completed. A select number of completed projects will be featured here in the coming weeks. A more extensive look at ARCE's past conservation work can be found in the new book, Preserving Egypt's Cultural Heritage: Conservation Work by the American Research Center in Egypt 1995-2005.
Click the project title to view description of the conservation work.
Every cultural heritage conservation program is a unique, unrepeatable opportunity to study the structure and context of the particular monument, site or work of art. While the focus of our monastery projects has been on cleaning and conservation of wall paintings in situ, each project mentioned here has involved not only a team of conservators, but also a group of scholars in art history, archaeology, architecture, Coptology and other related disciplines. Read More >>
Director: Fr. Maximous el Antony
Completed January 2009
From 1997 through 2005 ARCE oversaw extensive conservation work at the Monastery of St. Paul, the Hermit. This monastery is located in the eastern desert mountains of Egypt near the Red Sea. The Cave Church of St. Paul marks the spot where St. Anthony, "the Father of Monasticism," and St. Paul, "the First Hermit," are believed to have met. It is a sacred place representing the very beginning of Christian monasticism.
Director: Agnieszka Dobrowolska / Alaa El-Habashi
June 2005 - August 2010
By the 1990s, Quseir was the only Red Sea town preserving historic authenticity and it was attracting greater visitor numbers and new hotel investment.
Director: Michael Jones
The Karnak and Luxor temple complexes on the East Bank of the Nile at Luxor are, without a doubt, iconic symbols of ancient Egypt. Yet, rising ground water has, until recently, been slowly destroying these sites. Read More>>
Three-thousand, five-hundred years is a long time for any building to stand, and it comes as no surprise that, today, Luxor temple is in need of some help. Many of its columns in the first court, for example, have been showing the very serious effects of exposure to the elements and prior maintenance efforts. Read More >>
April 2007 - July 2010
April 2007 - May 2009
Training and capacity building has long been at the forefront of ARCE's work in Egypt and with our funding partner, USAID, much has been accomplished this year.
In June 2012, ARCE held a graduation ceremony for its Advanced Conservation Field School. Read more >>
Directors: ARCE staff and consultants
April 2007 - July 2012
Under the direction of Dr. Mark Lehner of Ancient Egypt Research Associates (AERA), the ARCE Field School has won public recognition...Read More >>
Director: Mark Lehner, Ancient Egypt Research Associates
January 2005 - 2012
December 2006 - August 2011
YEAR in REVIEW
2010 was an exciting and busy year for ARCE. It began with ARCE joining with the Institute for Bioarchaeology and the American University in Cairo to host the first-ever scholarly conference on human remains in Egypt. Read more>>
Working inside Deir el Shelwit
Starting in Luxor.....A new conservation and training program known as the Annual Program Statement (APS) is well under way. This program is in response to USAID’s job creation program in the wake of the events of the Arab Spring in January 2011. Read more>>
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF MUSEUMS
The International Council of Museums, in an effort to fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods, compiles the Emergency Red List of Egyptian Cultural Objects at Risk. This list aims to help art and heritage professionals and law enforcement officials identify Egyptian objects that are protected by national and international legislations. View the Red List for Egypt.