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 ARCE FELLOWSHIP ALUMNI - WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Forty-five Fellows and Research Associates have been hosted and supported by ARCE during the past five years. These American pre- and postdoctoral scholars and professionals are affiliated with universities, museums and research institutions worldwide. Despite differences in disciplines and historical points of reference, ARCE Fellows share something in common: they are living in today’s Egypt - the modern Middle East. They return to their institutions and communities richer academically and capable of addressing public opinion about a country and region in transition. Follow some of ARCE’s more recent alumni here >>​

MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART PREVIEW

On Wednesday June 15, 2016 ARCE staff along with officials from the American Embassy in Cairo and USAID were treated to a preview of the Museum of Islamic Art by its Director Dr. Ahmed El-Shoky. 
ARCE, with funding from the US Embassy and USAID were among the first to mobilize in support for the museum after the bomb blast in January 2014. We have been working with the Ministry of Antiquities to restore the facade of the building that the museum is housed in and hope to see the inauguration of the Museum of Islamic Art very soon. Check out the video on ARCE's Facebook page >>

OPENING OF THEBAN TOMB 110 IN LUXOR

On Friday May 13, 2016, the Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Khalid El Enany and the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, R. Stephen Beecroft, in the presence of Sherry Carlin, USAID Egypt Mission Director and the Governor of Luxor Mr. Mohammed Badr,  inaugurated the recently conserved Theban Tomb 110 (TT110) located in Sheik Abdel Qurna in Luxor. The conservation of TT110 project was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), in close cooperation with the Ministry of Antiquities.

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ARCE's LATEST PUBLICATION 

The Red Monastery church is the most important extant early Christian monument in Egypt’s Nile Valley, and one of the most significant of its period in the Mediterranean region. A decade-long ARCE/USAID conservation project has revealed some of the best surviving and most remarkable early Byzantine paintings known to date. The church was painted four times during the 5th and 6th centuries, and significant portions of each iconographic program are preserved. Extensive painted ornament also covers the church’s elaborate architectural sculpture, echoing the aesthetics found at San Vitale in Ravenna and the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Distinguished contributors from a wide range of disciplines, including art and architectural history, ancient religion, history, and conservation, discuss the church’s importance. Topics include late antique aesthetics, early monastic concepts of beauty and ascetic identity, and connections between the center and the periphery in the early Byzantine world. Beautifully illustrated with more than 300 images, this landmark publication introduces the remarkable history and magnificence of the church and its art to the public for the first time. Available June 28, 2016 from Yale University Press. 
 

MINISTER OF ANTIQUITIES HOLDS PRESS CONFERENCE ON KV62

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 >>

NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SCHOLARS REGARDING PHOTOGRAPHY OF EGYPTIAN MUSEUM OBJECTS

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: emcregistrars@gmail.com

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Photography Rules and Fees >>

 

News

AMIRA KHATTAB RETIRING AFTER 50 YEARS OF DEDICATION TO ARCE

May 26, 2016

Beloved by all, Amira Khattab has announced her retirement from her job as ARCE Deputy Director for Research and Government Relations at the end of June, 2016, after a period of half a century of service at ARCE.

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.

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