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Featured Expeditions & AEF Projects

Featured Expeditions & AEF Projects

The Antiquities Endowment Fund (AEF): A Retrospective

Created in 2004 with resources from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as allocated by the U.S. Congress, ARCE's Antiquities Endowment Fund (AEF) sustains a unique ongoing grants program that supports the conservation, preservation and documentation of Egypt's cultural heritage. Since its inception, the AEF has funded a total of 96 projects valued at over 3.5 million US dollars.

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. The project must make a significant contribution to the conservation, preservation or documentation of Egyptian heritage from Prehistory through the Pharaonic Period to the Coptic, Islamic and end of the Ottoman Period. Although the majority of awardees have been American university and museum expeditions, the AEF award is not restricted, ensuring that available funds are directed to the highest caliber projects proposed by the international academic community, regardless of nationality. The flexibility of this award is one of its outstanding qualities.

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