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Over the course of more than a century, American institutions and scholars have played an important role in the exploration of ancient Egypt. Outstanding early pioneers included Egyptologists such as Charles E. Wilbour, James H. Breasted, George A. Reisner, Harold H. Nelson, and Herbert E. Winlock.
Today, ARCE's member institutions and affiliated scholars, working closely with Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, conduct research and expeditions throughout the country: in the Delta, along the Mediterranean Coast, in the Nile Valley, among the Egyptian deserts and oases. These expeditions engage all periods of Egyptian history, from prehistoric through Islamic times.
ARCE's Cairo Center provides administrative and technical assistance to ARCE-affiliated expeditions, whose activities include archaeology, epigraphic work, documentation, mapping, scientific research, and conservation.
Since its inception, the Antiquities Endowment Fund (AEF) has funded a total of 96 projects valued at over 3.5 million US dollars. The flexibility of the award is one of its outstanding qualities. Read more >>
Director: David O'Connor
In recent years a primary aim of the project has been the systematic investigation of a series of mysterious monumental cultic buildings constructed by Egypt’s first kings on a low desert terrace overlooking the ancient town. Although some of these monuments have been known for many years, they remained little investigated and not well understood. Read more >>
Director: Betsy Bryan
The Johns Hopkins University mission in Egypt, led by Dr. Betsy Bryan, has conducted excavation and conservation work in the Mut Temple precinct of Karnak since 2001. Excavation work has taken place behind the Sacred Lake of the complex as well as within the Temple itself, uncovering industrial and food-processing areas of the Eighteenth Dynasty, New Kingdom enclosure walls and adjacent workshop areas, and remnants of a porch of Hatshepsut found buried beside the Mut Temple. Conservation work has included the rebuilding of interior walls, the cleaning and conservation of decorated and inscribed New Kingdom sandstone and limestone blocks, and the creation of an open-air museum, among other accomplishments. Read more>>
Director: Pearce Paul Creasman
William Flinders Petrie's brief excavation of the site of Tausret's "temple of millions of years" in 1896 resulted in less than three pages of publication. Subsequent interpretation of his finds promoted the idea that there was nothing left of interest other than features and objects related to its foundation: trenches, stones, and deposits, all already excavated by Petrie. Since 2004, however, efforts by the University of Arizona Egyptian Expedition (UAEE) have been fruitful, producing new material and shedding light on the temple itself and the female pharaoh for whom it was built. 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.