Mission and Vision

image of several old, damaged earthenware vases sitting on a ledge overlooking an area of dug out excavation
French mission settlement at Dakhla Oasis
Photo: Kenneth Garrett

Founded in 1948, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is a private, nonprofit organization composed of educational and cultural institutions, professional scholars, and private individuals.

Through grants, fieldwork and field schools, ARCE’s partnership with Egyptians contributes to the shared goal of cultural heritage preservation. Over the years, ARCE’s strong relationship with the Ministry of Antiquities (MOA) (formerly the Supreme Council of Antiquities) has ensured the success of our work together.


ARCE's mission is to support research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture; to protect, preserve and promote Egyptian cultural heritage; and to strengthen American-Egyptian cultural collaboration.


ARCE plays a crucial role in preserving, understanding, and making accessible Egyptian cultural heritage in order to inform and enrich current and future generations.


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