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May 2016

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.


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.

Conference schedule >>

March 2016

Penn Museum Symposium

6-8 October 2016

Call for papers – Deadline: 4 April 2016

Professionals in archaeology, anthropology, or conservation are encouraged to submit abstracts (300 word limit) to by 4 April 2016 for consideration. See more info by clicking on headline.

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.

February 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.

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 >>

Changing times and changing technologies have led to the recent production of an electronic catalogue of Islamic numismatic material held by the Egyptian National Library and Archives or Dar al-Kutub, as it is known in Cairo. The catalogue builds on the strengths of its predecessors published in 1897 and 1982. The electronic platform catapults the collection into the digital age, enhancing the material and bringing widespread access to the wealth of available information to a wider audience.

The ongoing clearing of debris in and around the entrance to TT110 has recently uncovered several interesting small objects representing many ancient periods. 

Leading the painstaking clearing and documentation which revealed these objects is ARCE staff archaeologist Saad Bakhit abd el Hafez. Saad has been a supervising archaeologist for the ARCE Archaeological and Conservation Project in Luxor since 2011.


November 2015

For Khadija Adam, ARCE/Luxor Conservation Manager, JJ Shirley, Visiting Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania and John Shearman, ARCE/Luxor Associate Director, the third week of September was a whirlwind of lectures, travel and conversations with new friends and old.  It was the ARCE Chapter Tour - a weeklong journey that took the speakers to Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. Warmly welcomed by chapter presidents, members and guests Adam, Shirley and Shearman treated their audiences to an in-depth look at how the conservation and epigraphy field schools and the practices utilized in TT 110 have brought to light new information about the construction of the tomb and the career of its owner, Djhuty.

Dr. Jack Green, Chief Curator and Research Associate, Ms. Simona Cristanetti Assistant Conservator, and Ms. Alison Whyte, Associate Conservator, all from the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago share the chronology of this important First Intermediate Period coffin recently conserved and put back on display for the first time in almost two decades.

Heliopolis once stood at the centre of the ancient Egyptian sun-cult, a core element of ancient Egyptian religion for more than three millennia. Today the site is seriously threatened by new construction and a rapidly rising water table.

October 2015

 ARCE Cairo hosted an exceptional group of 20 young Americans and Egyptians on October 19 as part of the Shafik Gaber Foundation East-West: The Art of Dialogue Fellowship. ARCE Director Dr. Gerry Scott welcomed the Fellows and provided an overview of ARCE’s history in Egypt. Read more >>

ARCE is pleased to announce the awarding of a short-term fellowship to Mr. Shaaban Ahmed Abdelgawad, who will conduct research for his master’s thesis from Cairo University.

September 2015

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August 2015

Short on ideas for summer reading? Start with this one-on-one interview with Janis Susan May, author and proud founding member of the North Texas ARCE Chapter.

Publishing simultaneously under four pseudonyms, the author shares her deep passion for Egypt and writing and then reveals the genesis of her current project, A Killing at El Kab.

With the support of the Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant (AEF) from the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), the Conservation Lab at the Oriental Institute is undergoing a project to study and conserve the First Intermediate Period painted wood coffin of Ipi-ha-ishutef, army scribe and commander.

Laura Mora, one of the most influential painting conservators of the twentieth century, passed away in Rome at the age of 93, on May 30, 2015.

July 2015

ARCE staff in Egypt were pleased to welcome the newly arrived USAID-Egypt Mission Chief, Sherry Carlin, to two of ARCE's most high-profile projects recently.

ARCE and USAID, with the support of the Ministry of Antiquities, would like to congratulate the recent graduates from ARCE’s 2014 – 2015 Conservation Field School!

March 2015

The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is pleased to announce that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a grant to continue ARCE's work in the areas of Luxor, Sohag, and Cairo.

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