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November 2012

By the time the torrid days of summer begin to fade and Cairenes begin to notice the faintest trace of cool in the early morning air, ARCE is already deep into fellowship preparations on both sides of the Atlantic.
As ten years of conservation at the Red Monastery Church in Sohag (funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development) nears completion, the time to discuss questions about the future stewardship and preservation of this extraordinary church and important sixth century example of living religious heritage has arrived.  

October 2012

ARCE will jointly sponsor the Conference on the Bioarchaeology of Ancient Egypt to be held at the Flamenco (Golden Tulip) Hotel in Zamalek from January 31 – February 2, 2013.

September 2012

Dr. Janet Johnson, Egyptologist and ARCE Board of Governors member, was interviewed about the Demotic dictionary that has been the focus of her research over the course of her career.
Mohamed El Shahed, an ARCE Fellow from 2010-2011, brings attention to Cairo's architectural history.

August 2012

When long time ARCE member Dr. W. Benson Harer, Jr. entered The London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia, Washington, in 2005, and made his way around the stalls, he had no idea of the treasure he would find.
Picture an austere desertscape of dry valleys and mountains. Nestled against this backdrop stands a monastery complex surrounded by high adobe walls with churches and chapels, a bakery, a spring, and a lush garden where olive and date trees are cultivated by monks under the unrelenting sun of Egypt's Eastern Desert.

July 2012

The project, Documentation of the Inscriptions in the Historic Zone of Cairo, aims to preserve and document inscriptions and epigraphs on Islamic monuments in the city up until the 1800s.

June 2012

ARCE's Associate Director Michael Jones will preside (in Session 1) and present (in Session 2) at a panel discussion entitled Monastic Material Cultures: Image, Site, Text at the Tenth International Congress of Coptic Studies in Rome on September 17-22 September 2012.

Michael Jones' presentation “Getting at the Meaning of Places: The Authority of the Past Selectively Reconstructed to Serve the Present” will delve into the issues of conservation at historic churches in use in Egypt.

May 2012

On an ‘anything but normal’ work day, I went to the Egyptian National Archives where I found the remains of thousands of manuscripts, books and maps from the Institut d’Égypte laid across its front lawns, in pick-up trucks double-parked on the Corniche el-Nil Road, and on the floor of the lobby of the archives. When I entered the building, I knew that I would not conduct research that day, not after seeing the activities downstairs.
Acknowledging the tremendous support for the ARCE fellowship program by Egyptian scholars and institutions, ARCE hosted a special reception on April 5th to honor the Egyptian Affiliate Scholars and senior officials from the National Archives and Library, the Egyptian Museum, the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE), and the Ministry of Antiquities who work closely with the Fellowship Program.

March 2012

The Red Monastery church in Sohag is an astonishingly rare example of the coloristic intensity of late antique monuments in Egypt. In this church, late antique paintings cover about eighty percent of the walls, niches, columns, pilasters, pediments and apses. Read More >>
Former ARCE Board President, Dr. Carol Redmount, reports archaeological sites throughout Egypt are currently being heavily looted, including the critical site of El Hibeh about 3 hours south of Cairo. Once these sites are gone, they are lost forever. Read More >>
Dr. Andre Veldmeijer and Dr. Salima Ikram share their study and documentation of leather pieces and fragments from a hitherto unrecorded and unstudied near-complete chariot that dates to the New Kingdom. This project was funded by ARCE's Antiquities Endowment Fund (AEF). Read the interview >>

January 2012

In November, ARCE Luxor office moved to the west bank of the Nile in support of a new initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 
Picture Cairo during the most important Eid of the year. Weddings at the hotel every night. Brightly lit party boats cruising the Nile. Light traffic (if you can imagine it) in Garden City. Cool mornings and warm afternoons. Evening sounds of celebration and leisure.
Luigi De Cesaris, who died from a heart attack at the Red Monastery, near Sohag, on December 19 2011, contributed a significant part of his professional life to ARCE’s wall painting conservation projects.
Professional members of ARCE, Marjorie Fisher, Peter Lacovara, Salima Ikram, and Sue D'Auria, publish an exciting new volume on ancient Nubia.

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