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November 2013

There’s no hustle, no bustle, no crowds or lines. No buzz, no hum, no buses in the parking lots or along the roadsides -- engines running, air conditioners blasting.

Another expedition season has started in Egypt and thus far, signs point to a full and busy calendar of arrivals and departures for ARCE member institutions.

August 2013

It's natural to relegate the three R's of conservation to the 21st Century, when the depletion of natural resources has made reduce, reuse and recycle a cornerstone of responsible environmental stewardship. But access to wood, a limited natural resource in 21st Dynasty Egypt necessitated its creative reuse, according to UCLA's Kathlyn (Kara) Cooney, in this intriguing article on coffin reuse.

Known to the ancients as Khenu, the ancient site of Gebel el Silsila is divided into east and west by the Nile at its narrowest point, and is foremost famous for its many New Kingdom stelai, cenotaphs and Speos of Horemheb.

Anyone who reads about ancient Egypt – even moderately – has come across the name of Theodore Davis, usually identified as “an American millionaire” who was either an amateur or a dilettante.  Through a dozen eventful years in the Valley of the Kings (from 1902 to 1914) he was the money behind the discovery of a record eighteen tombs, including those of one-third of the 18th Dynasty kings. 

June 2013

"The Jameel Prize: Art Inspired by Islamic Tradition" at the San Antonio Museum of Art now through August 11, 2013.

The Peabody Museum of Natural History currently features the exhibit "Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharaohs" through January 4, 2014.

The students of this second field school completed their specialist training in osteology, ceramics, and illustration last week.

May 2013

Imagine waking up in the small village of Medinet Habu on Luxor’s West Bank ready to start the work day.

Time definitely flies when you're learning to excavate.

On May 9, an Egyptian man who was in the area of the main entrance to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo attacked ARCE Scholar-in-Residence, Christopher Stone. Professor Stone has requested that ARCE provide this information to correct inaccurate reports in the press and on social media.

Week 3 saw staff and students diligently drawing the complex remains of a ruined modern house beside the excavation.

April 2013

John Adams, director emeritus of the Orange County Public Library, former ARCE Board of Governors member, and founder and first president of the ARCE Orange County California Chapter, has written a fascinating new book on the life and times of Theodore M. Davis and his impact on the history of Egyptology.

There's no better way to learn archaeology than to get your hands dirty.

March 2013

Without prioritizing texts in formal Arabic over those in the spoken idiom, this symposium, held in early March, called on presenters – artists, academics and critics – to comment on their own or others’ cultural responses to the above or other political events in Egypt, a consistently important cultural center in the Arab world.

February 2013

In Lexington, with a team that included a carpenter, saddler, blacksmith and conservator, we recreated a full-scale model of an ancient Egyptian harness and chariot.

The Edwin Smith Papyrus: Updated Translation of the Trauma Treatise and Modern Medical Commentaries. Lockwood Press. Oct. 2012. Foreword by W. Benson Harer Jr.

Since 2007 the Registration, Collections Management & Documentation Department at the Egyptian Museum has gone from strength to strength under some of the most unique and challenging circumstances.

January 2013

ARCE member and professor Th. Emil Homerin has published two books in over the past year.

In early December 2012, an international group of invited architects, archaeologists, conservators, art historians, cultural heritage management specialists and antiquities officials, together with USAID representatives and clergy of the Coptic Church, met at the Red Monastery in Sohag, Upper Egypt.

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