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November 2014

In May 2014, a film crew of three from The Visionaries traveled to Egypt for the start of a four-day whirlwind schedule to capture the collaboration of Americans and Egyptians working together to preserve Egypt's cultural heritage through the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE).

The long awaited, eagerly anticipated, members only visit to the Arts of Greco-Roman Egypt Gallery and state-of-the-art conservation laboratory at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu did not disappoint.

Dr. Andrew Bednarski, ARCE's archaeological field director in Luxor, presented a lecture to west coast chapters about the ambitious program of work undertaken by ARCE at Qurna, Deir el-Shelwit, and Mut Temple between 2011 and 2014.

Imagine the thrill of receiving an email from Mary Sadek, ARCE Program Coordinator in Cairo, that the next ARCE trip planned was to tour Tanzania!

October 2014

We are delighted to share that the Swiss Embassy in Cairo has made a contribution of 75,000 swiss francs (approximately $83,000) to assist ARCE with repairs to the exterior facade of the Museum of Islamic Art and Manuscript Library of the National Library and Archives of Egypt located in Historic Cairo.

August 2014

The ARCE archive represents a twenty-year partnership between the US and Egyptian governments for cultural heritage preservation in Egypt carried out with funding from USAID. It is the outcome and the record of an extraordinarily successful and sustained endeavor that has contributed more than any other international donor to maintaining some of the world’s most important heritage assets.

Professor George T. Scanlon, who passed away on July 13, 2014 during a brief visit to New York City, would not want us to linger over his demise.

May 2014

Better addressing the needs of ARCE student members has been a primary focus over the past few years.

ARCE member, educator and author, as well as self-proclaimed populizer, Dr. Bonnie Sampsell, recently completed a new chapter for the upcoming second edition of her book entitled, The Geology of Egypt: A Traveler's Handbook.

Since it is claimed that Cairo has more “medieval” monuments than any other city in the world, it is not surprising that the bulk of ARCE’s work in the Egyptian capital focused on these buildings.

April 2014

While receiving financial support from its members and individual donors, in recent decades ARCE activities and those of its many member organizations have been either directly or indirectly supported by invaluable, targeted USAID funding.

In April 2014, a contingent from ARCE visited with key congressional, USAID, and Department of State staff regarding the impact of USAID-funded conservation and trainining initiatives led by both ARCE and ARCE's Research Supporting Members.

The Cultural Heritage Center, through the International Cultural Property Protection initiative, is considering a request from the Egyptian government about establishing import restrictions on artifacts.

February 2014

This competitive award is granted annually to a small number of highly focused conservation, training and publication projects that can be completed within one year.

In early January 2014, the United Nations World Tourism Organization held a conference in Luxor to focus attention on boosting this crucial aspect of the Egyptian economy.

Announcing the publication of "The Lost Manuscript of Frederic Cailliaud."

November 2013

There’s no hustle, no bustle, no crowds or lines. No buzz, no hum, no buses in the parking lots or along the roadsides -- engines running, air conditioners blasting.

Another expedition season has started in Egypt and thus far, signs point to a full and busy calendar of arrivals and departures for ARCE member institutions.

August 2013

It's natural to relegate the three R's of conservation to the 21st Century, when the depletion of natural resources has made reduce, reuse and recycle a cornerstone of responsible environmental stewardship. But access to wood, a limited natural resource in 21st Dynasty Egypt necessitated its creative reuse, according to UCLA's Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney, in this intriguing article on coffin reuse.

Known to the ancients as Khenu, the ancient site of Gebel el Silsila is divided into east and west by the Nile at its narrowest point, and is foremost famous for its many New Kingdom stelai, cenotaphs and Speos of Horemheb.

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