American Research Center in Egypt

The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is an American non-profit dedicated to supporting research in all periods of Egyptian history. It is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).

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Published 2022
The 72nd annual Meeting of the American Research Center in Egypt : APRIL 22-25, 2021 VIRTUAL

Published 2022
Exalted Spirits: The Veneration of the Dead in Egypt through the Ages

: The exhibition was opened on the 9th of November, 2021 at The Egyptian Museum in Cairo and was followed by a three-day conference from the 10th to the 12th of November, 2021. This three-day conference, in partnership with The American University in Cairo (AUC) and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA), covered the veneration of deceased figures in Egypt from the Pharaonic period up to current times, using the diverse evidence available in terms of texts, images, and lived traditions. The conference featured academic papers as well as panel discussions focusing on current practises related to the veneration of the dead and their origins, which may be traced back to ancient Egypt, and was aimed at both academic and non-academic participants. The former presented academic papers, while the latter (which included creatives from different fields) participated in panel discussions. Academic papers published in a peer-reviewed journal

Published 2022
Transcending Eternity : The Centennial Tutankhamun Conference

: to celebrate the centenary anniversary of discovering Tutankhamun’s tomb, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) partnered with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MoTA) to organize an in-per- son conference. “Transcending Eternity: The Centennial Tutankhamun Conference” toke place between 4-6 November 2022 at the world’s largest open-air museum, Luxor. Experts presented papers in di- verse areas such as Tutankhamun’s life and death as well as, the history behind the tomb’s excavation. The objective behind this conference was to present the latest research on the king along with his objects and tomb

Aslam al-Silahdar Conservation and Documentation

: The mosque of Aslam al-Silahdar was built in 1344 by a Mamluk prince and features jewel-toned inlaid marble and glittering glass mosaics. The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) carried out the comprehensive conservation of the monument directed by Christophe Bouleau. ARCE and skilled laborers from the surrounding neighborhood worked on the structural and aesthetic conservation of the mosque. Repairs first began on the exterior of the mosque and the interior was used as a workspace to clean and conserve smaller movable components like doors, wooden paneling, metal grilles, and windows. A geotechnical survey assessed the mosque’s structural stability and cleaning and documentation work began on the exterior façades, roof, dome, and minaret. A new ablution was also constructed to replace the original one, which had posed a conservation risk to the mosque due to water leakage. The team removed and replaced decayed stones and cleaned the minaret and dome with micro sandblasting. They replaced the wooden roofing and then carefully insulated it against the weather and moisture. Inside the mosque, the project plastered and repainted walls, installed new windows, and conserved and reinstalled original inlaid doors and wooden paneling. Cracks in the walls were consolidated and new brickwork fitted where necessary to reinforce the walls and fill gaps. Finally, conservators cleaned and fully restored all of the mosque’s stunning gypsum and stucco decorations to their original vibrancy.
: 737 pic, : Conservation of the monument was funded through the American Research Center in Egypt's Egyptian Antiquities Conservation Project (ARCE-EAC) under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agreement No. 263-A-00-04-00018-00, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), and the U.S. Ambassador's Fund for Cultural Preservation.

Akhenaten Talatat Project Conservation

: Talatat blocks, possibly derived from the Arabic word talata meaning “three,” measure roughly three handspans long. Characterized by their Amarna style and smaller size compared to conventional building blocks, they are the result of King Akhenaten’s (1352-1336 BC) goal to urgently erect religious buildings for his “new supreme god” Aten, first in Thebes (ancient Luxor) and later the new city of Akhetaten in Middle Egypt. The talatat blocks were first discovered in the late 19th century and increasingly excavated from then onwards. There are currently approximately 60,000 known blocks, believed to be only a fraction of what exists. The largest repository of talatat blocks resides in the Pennsylvania Magazine in the Karnak Temple complex in Luxor. The Magazine is directly adjacent to the west wall of the Khonsu Temple and stores approximately 16,000 blocks, the majority of which are sandstone (with a few limestone examples). Used to construct temples for the god Aten, the blocks were subsequently dismantled by Akhenaten’s successors, who reused them in other structures. Previously, from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, the blocks were photographed and documented in situ by Akhenaten Temple Project staff, under the auspices of the Penn Museum (also referred to as the University Museum, Pennsylvania). From 2008 to 2012, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) Akhenaten Talatat Project Conservation staff cleaned, conserved, photographed, and recorded approximately 16,000 talatat blocks in the Magazine. The blocks had sustained damage which included dangerously leaning stacks; collapsed stacks; dust and bird droppings due to gaps in the roof; hornets’ nests and damage caused by animal burrowing. Matjaž Kačičnik photographed the preliminary conditions of the 28 stacks in the Magazine before project staff proceeded with removing, cleaning, and conserving blocks; some of the shattered blocks were reassembled with steel pins. Documentation included the use of digital photography and database recording. After structural interventions that addressed damage incurred from animal activity and dust accumulation, the blocks were restored in the Pennsylvania Magazine.
: 921pic : Conservation of the Akhenaten Talatat blocks in the Pennsylvania Magazine was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agreement No. 263-A-00-04-00018-00 under the Egyptian Antiquities Project (EAP), and through the administration and facilitation of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE).

Luxor Roman Wall Paintings

: Conservation of the monument was funded through the American Research Center in Egypt's Egyptian Antiquities Conservation Project (ARCE-EAC) United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agreement No. 263-A-00-04-00018-00.

Annual meeting.

: pages ; 24 cm.

Ramesses VI (KV9) Sarcophagus Conservation

: From the destruction of the sarcophagus in antiquity until its restoration beginning in the summer of 2001, the hundreds of fragments making up Ramesses VI’s inner sarcophagus remained scattered around the burial chamber of KV 9. Over the millennia they had been moved from the sarcophagus pit to the platforms at the north and south ends of the burial chamber. Project Director, Dr. Edwin Brock and his team’s goal was to finally reassemble the box and lid. This set, made of green conglomerate and mummiform in shape, is one of two sarcophagi found in the tomb. The other, outer sarcophagus was broken into two pieces and remains in the sarcophagus pit. The second box is decorated with painted figures and texts. These were documented by the project’s archaeological illustrator, Lyla Pinch-Brock. The decoration is similar to that found on royal sarcophagi of the 19th Dynasty. The decoration was partially obscured by the remains of a resinous substance poured over the sarcophagus as part of the funeral ritual. Test cleaning was carried out but yielded varying results. Due to the inconsistent results and the coating’s ancient context, it was decided not to remove any more of the material. The face on the lid of the second sarcophagus was missing; it had been taken to England by Giovanni Batista Belzoni who collected antiquities on behalf of the British Consul, Henry Salt. Installed in the British Museum in 1823, the project commissioned a fiberglass replica. This was matched up with the lid fragments and the assembly is now on display in the back of the tomb. In the spirit of maximizing the informative potential of the artifact by preserving it in its original context, all the work on the sarcophagus was carried out within the tomb. This included conservation, restoration, and final display. Keeping the objects in situ also minimized handling and potential wear. As a result, a significant part of the pilot season was geared towards site preparation -- the installation of an air system to reduce the circulation of dust and other irritants, temporary platforms, an overhead winch, and ramps. All fragments, their surfaces, joins and conservation, were recorded before final assembly. The sarcophagus box was built with the floor laid first, then the sides. Fragments not included in the assembly were displayed nearby. KV 9, with the restored sarcophagus of Ramesses VI, was re-opened to the public by the Egyptian Antiquities authority on March 21, 2004.
: 694pics, : Ramesses VI (KV9) Sarcophagus Conservation project was made possible with funding by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Grant No. 263-G-00-93-0089-00 (formerly 263-0000-G-00-3089-00) and administered by the Egyptian Antiquities Project (EAP) of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE).

Published 1986
Katālūj Matḥaf al-Uqṣur lil-Fann al-Miṣrī al-Qadīm.

: English and French introd. : 36, 106, [116] p. of plates ill. (some col.), maps 28 cm. : Includes bibliographical references. : 2724700244

The Red Monastery Church : Beauty and asceticism in Upper Egypt /

: "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 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"--Publisher's website.
: xxxix, 390 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color), plans ; 32 cm. : Includes bibliographical references (pages 350-376) and index. : 9780300212303

Fustat glass of the early Islamic period : finds excavated by the American Research Center in Egypt, 1964-1980 /

: 134 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm. : 1901435075

Ancient mathematical grid patterns superimposed over the three major pyramids of Giza /

: "American Research Center in Egypt 48th annual meeting, 50th anniversary jubille year, University of California at Los Angeles, April 24-26, 1998." : [30] leaves : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm. : Bibliography : leaf [30].

Monastery of St. Paul /

: 96 pages : illustrations (some color), 1 map, plans ; 25 cm. + 1 folded plan. : Bibliography : pages 94-95.

Project in medieval Islamic astronomy : a progress report with bibliography /

: 27 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

The tomb chamber of Ḫsw the Elder : the inscribed material at Kom-el-Ḥisn /

: volume <1> : illustrations ; 29 cm. : Includes bibliographical references. : 0936770171 (volume 1)

Fusṭāṭ expedition final report /

: 2 volumes : illustrations ; 29 cm. : Includes bibliographical references. : 0936770139

Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt.

: Began with Volume 1 (1962) : Description based on : Volume 37 (2000) : volumes : illustrations (part color), diagrams ; 28 cm : 0065-9991

Sema Tawy : the Quarterly Newsletter of ARCE/GA.

: volumes ; 28 cm. : Quarterly.

ARCE Washington DC chapter newsletter.

: volumes ; 28 cm. : Bimonthly

The American Research Center in Egypt : Report and financial statements, 2001-2002.

: Pages ; 24 cm.

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