The American Research Center in Eygpt




February 2017

The Board of Governors of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane B. Zimmerman as Executive Director, effective March 1, 2017. 


It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that last year Dr. Gerry D. Scott announced that he would not seek another term as ARCE Director, and the Board of Governors announces that in March 2017 we will begin a transition of executive leadership. 

Dear ARCE Members,

I have had the privilege of leading the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) as its Director since 2003, but have decided not to continue beyond the term of my current contract at the end of this coming August.

January 2017

For well over a decade, ARCE has been documenting, conserving, and studying the late fifth-century Red Monastery church, near Sohag in Upper Egypt with funding from USAID. Elizabeth Bolman, the director of the project, decided to enlist Pietro Gasparri, architect and founder of C.P.T. Studio (Rome), to create a complete 3D laser scan of the building with the aim of documenting the church as comprehensively as possible. The work was funded by an ARCE Antiquities Endowment Fund Grant.


May Trad, an Egyptological institution in herself, will always be remembered fondly by generations of scholars for her vast knowledge of the Egyptian Museum and countless topics on Egyptology. For years she was an invaluable aid to accessing the treasures held in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. “She knew all of the various registration systems by heart, it seemed, and was always generous in sharing her time,” remembers ARCE Director, Gerry Scott. “One of her great loves was discussing Egyptology with scholars and sharing in the excitement of their research.”


December 2016

William Inglee is a member of ARCE’s Board of Governors and is Chair of the Ad hoc Relocation Committee. He reports on the upcoming move of ARCE's US office:

In a major and exciting step forward for ARCE, in April 2016, the ARCE Board of Governors approved a resolution authorizing the move of ARCE's US office from San Antonio, Texas, to the Washington DC area.  Motivated by a desire to expand ARCE's leadership role in the American study of Egyptian culture and history, the new location and office space reflect ARCE's vision that engaging major philanthropy to support our mission is critical, even as we maintain and strengthen the partnership role to the US government within Egypt that Gerry Scott and our previous Directors established. Our mission has never been more important.

Conference to be held in Cairo, 4-6 November, 2017

The conference invites the submission of abstracts for papers and posters in English from international researchers who employ various archaeological sciences in their research on ancient Egyptian materials, their adoption, developments and technologies. 

September 2016

Forty-five fellows and research associates have been hosted and supported by ARCE during the past five years. Regardless of their discipline and historical point of reference these scholars live in today’s Egypt - the modern Middle East.

Two practices are deeply integrated into the site improvement operations of ARCE/Luxor: material reuse and skills mentoring.

A long time goal to digitize the ARCE conservation archive and make its content available on-line has taken a giant leap forward with the signing of an agreement between the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and ARCE.

August 2016

Penn Museum Symposium 6-8 October 2016

The schedule includes two and a half days of talks, as well as a reception and keynote address on the first evening. Lunch and reception are included in the registration price. For details on the conference, including a full list of the papers, please visit

June 2016

May 2016

Wali T. Abdulfattah ( William Wallace Thomas Craig in NYC) was an avid bibliophile and collector. His primary areas of interest were Arabic language and literature, medieval and modern history of Egypt, and Islamic Studies. While his interests in these fields were first cultivated in NYC, they were further enhanced when he took up residence in Cairo as a full-time student of Arabic language, literature and rhetoric.

Beloved by all, Amira Khattab has announced her retirement from her job as ARCE Deputy Director for Research and Government Relations at the end of June, 2016, after a period of half a century of service at ARCE.

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. 

ARCE has just completed a whirlwind four months of guided visits, celebratory receptions, and site inaugurations in the company of two Egyptian ministers, two American ambassadors, one USAID head of mission, two governors, and a myriad assortment of Egyptian and American officials and press representatives in Luxor, Sohag and Cairo. Our adjectives of choice? Complicated. Hectic. Festive. Rewarding. Exceptional.

Click on the title above to see more on the reception and multimedia exhibition at the US Embassy in Cairo celebrating ARCE’s contributions to cultural heritage preservation in Egypt.

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