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Current Conservation Projects

Current Conservation Projects

The following are current and recent conservation projects conducted under the Egyptian Antiquities Conservation (EAC) Project. The goal of the EAC Project is to safeguard Egypt's cultural heritage and to promote tourism through assisting with the further development of the Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities' (MSA) institutional capacity and the conservation of specific historic sites.

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An employment program in Luxor, publication of The Tomb Chapel of Menna, and efforts to properly archive the vast material generated by USAID projects are front and center. Read more >>



The church of Saints Bishai and Bigol, the ‘Red Monastery,’ was the heart of a large monastic community, in a region known as an important center for ascetic life in the 5th century, A.D. It is an astonishingly rare example of the coloristic intensity of late antique monuments in Egypt. In this church, late antique paintings cover about eighty percent of the walls, niches, columns, pilasters, pediments and apses.

Director: Dr. Elizabeth Bolman, Temple University.
November 2005 - Ongoing

View a 2012 video of the Red Monastery >>

A roundtable discussion in 2012 about conservation issue at the Red Monastery >>

View images of the Red Monastery in the photo gallery >>


Picture an austere desertscape of dry valleys and mountains. Nestled against this backdrop stands a monastery complex surrounded by high adobe walls with churches and chapels, a bakery, a spring, and a lush garden where olive and date trees are cultivated by monks under the unrelenting sun of Egypt's Eastern Desert.


Site Management Plan
Director: Naguib Amin, Michael Jones
December 2007 - Ongoing


Conservation of Mut Temple
Director: Betsy Bryan, The Johns Hopkins University
April 2007 - ongoing


Site Management and Conservation
Director: John Shearman
February 2012 - ongoing

This project was initiated in 2011 as a short-term program to employ 700+ local Egyptians to help mitigate the severe unemployment caused by a deep drop off in tourism following the January 2011 revolution. Supported by USAID, ARCE has engaged Egyptian youth, construction workers, craftsmen and conservators to clean, survey, and stabilize the Temple of Isis at Deir el Shelwit and Theban Tomb 110, train earlier field school graduates in advanced conservation techniques, record the archaeological remains of the village of Qurna, and construct walkways and a visitor center for improved visitor access in Qurna.



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 order to respond to the conservation needs of Luxor's antiquities, ARCE created a conservation laboratory for the Ministry of State for Antiquities. The lab was built inside the Karnak Temple precinct, near Khonsu Temple. Construction was completed in 2008 and is fully operational. The exterior is built of brick that is very similar to the roman wall surrounding the complex, allowing the lab to blend in to the area.

Directors: ARCE staff and consultants
April 2007 - July 2012

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