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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, International, International Studies

Mission: The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is dedicated to an understanding of all aspects of Egyptian history and culture up to the present. To these ends, ARCE promotes scholarly research and the dissemination of its results; encourages cultural and academic ties among its members and their Egyptian counterparts; and fosters broader knowledge and appreciation of Egypt and its culture among the general public.

Results: - Over 50 completed conservation projects at ancient, Coptic, and Islamic sites. - Dozens of expeditions are assisted annually. - Hundreds trained through our museum registrar, conservation, field archaeology field schools. - Support of 13 local ARCE chapters that provide lectures about Egyptian culture and art.

Programs: Conservation and Training - ARCE carries out conservation projects at sites representing a variety of cultural periods including Pharaonic, Islamic, and Coptic.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Peter L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ARCE does a tremendous job in protecting monuments, training young scholars, both American and Egyptian and in promoting goodwill between the US and the international community. I don't think any other NGO in Egypt works as hard or does as much as ARCE. The organization has a long and proud tradition of working in Egypt and has led the way in promoting professional training, conservation and public awareness of Egypt's unique cultural heritage from prehistory to the present day. Everyone can be prod of the exemplary work they have done and should support its continued growth and success well into the future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization. I never thought I would find an Egyptological society I liked so much. Very informative, great communication and plenty of events to attend.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am what is known in Egyptology as an "interested amateur". I have always enjoyed studying and learning about Ancient Egypt, and use many resources to do so. ARCE is a source I return to again and again for the high quality of their information and materials. Their lecture programming is outstanding, and there are many local chapters. I'm pleased to offer this positive recommendation to assist them in continuing their work.

KKunhiraman

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

ARCE serves as a gathering place for armchair Egyptologists (and I am one of them) to learn more from the experts, and share their love for all aspects of Egyptian history and arts.
I have visited Egypt many times and seen the wonderful work they have done in the field of preservation and restoration of a wide range of buildings, murals, and other even larger historical sites such as the St. Antony's Monastery where they restored murals that had been so covered in the soot of hundreds of years, they had to experiment with cleaning to discover if there were murals there at all! There Fr. Maximus revealed the cells cut in stone under the floor of the church, cleverly revealed beneath heavy sheets of glass, where the earliest monks - who may have existed in the living memory of Jesus - spent their lives in contemplation.
Sites have been opened to both Egypitan tourists and those from the whole world in methods that preserve all the visible signs of how they were originally conceived.
During the political upheavals of recent years when those working on the fringes of the tourist industry were suffering just to feed their families due to the devastating reduction in tourists, ARCE managed to bring many of these people into projects on location where they were able to earn money while learning the real craft of archaeology and preservation. A most deserving non-profit, that can stretch a dollar in a depressed economy where some of the greatest arts of the ancient world beg for help. The staff at all levels are dedicated and enthusiastic: shared passion that can do great things. I am proud to be a part of all they do. Through them I have met many renowned Egyptologists, and many of the ARCE staff. They are my friends. Katherine Kunhiraman

Stephanie114

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The American Research Center in Egypt, Inc. (ARCE) is a charitable organization devoted to the study and preservation of Egyptian history and culture. Its members include many of the most well known and respected Egyptologists in the world as well as people like me who are interested in Egypt, especially ancient Egyptian history. Through its work ARCE helps to preserve the monuments of Pharonic and Islamic Egypt such as the beautiful Temple of Karnak in Luxor. It also supports the education of Egyptian archaeologists and conservationists so that they can work toward the preservation of these amazing monuments.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is the most important organization in Egyptological studies today and its contribution to both modern academic research and the physical preservation and restoration of important ancient Egyptian objects and sites is absolutely essential. It has helped fund, educate, and train students in the field of Egyptology in Egypt and throughout the world. I am proud to be a member of ARCE.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I initially encountered ARCE in spring 2004 as a student studying abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. My experience in Cairo was greatly enriched by the lecture series, and after my return to the US, I continued to attend the ARCE annual meetings. Thanks to both of these events, I have had the opportunity to meet several eminent scholars and fellow students in my field.

Even more importantly, ARCE has played a fundamental role in the preservation of Egyptian cultural heritage - Not only through expeditions that contribute to our understanding of important archaeological sites, but also the field schools that train antiquities inspectors in site management and conservation. The Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt (JARCE) is also a valuable reference for both scholars and students alike.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

ARCE is one of the most important organizations involved with the preservation of Egypt's ancient heritage. They have proven time and time again that it is important to conserve what is left of Egypt's past so that modern Egyptians can remember where they have come from. ARCE works closely with local Egyptians, particularly in Luxor, to train up the next generation of Egyptologists and Conservators. This commitment to training the Egyptian population is key- providing Egyptians with the chance to study and work with their own cultural heritage.

I have been involved with ARCE chapters both in Cairo and in Orange County (California). In addition to monthly talks and conferences, ARCE provides members with chances to donate to ongoing conservation efforts- for monuments of ancient Egypt and the Islamic Era. Additionally, their regular publication of "The Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt (JARCE)" is a collection of scholarly papers that give advanced teaching of the ancient Egyptian culture. I have time and time again used this journal for my own research and papers for school. It is a valuable resource.