When I began this blog, I intended to highlight a different Egyptological resource every month; because of the unrest in Egypt, my posts haven’t been according to schedule.
But this week, I’d like to provide some information on one the biggest Egyptological organization in America–The American Research Center in Egypt (abbreviated ARCE).
ARCE is a nonprofic organization founded in 1948 to promote research on various aspects of Egyptian history.
The organization provides funding for expeditions in Egypt and for conservation of ancient Egyptian artifacts, in addition to grants and fellowships to scholars participating in post graduate studies in Egypt. ARCE also publishes catalogues and an annual journal (Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt).
ARCE (generally) hosts weekly lectures in Cairo, Egypt, as well as hosting a large annual conference in the United States (the city varies year-to-year).
I consider membership in ARCE a must for serious scholars of Ancient Egypt. Membership is $55 a year for an individual (non-student) and this price includes a copy of the annual journal.
Donations are also gratefully accepted from those who are interested in supporting the organization without paying the full membership fees.
You can find even more information and some great photographs on their website.
In case you hadn’t seen this yet, here’s a little article on the 42 foot (13 meter) statue of Amenhotep III currently being excavated near his mortuary temple near Luxor.
According to Hawass’ most recent post, 4 more of the objects stolen from the Cairo Museum have been recovered: the statue of Tutankhamun with a harpoon, one of the missing shabtis, Tutankhamun’s trumpet, and Tutankhamun’s fan topper.
Both the statue of Tutankhamun and the fan topper sustained damage and it’s sad to see them that way; we all hope the restoration goes well.
You can see photographs of the damage here.
According to The Luxor Times, the objects were randomly found at a subway station by an employee of the Ministry of State for Antiquities Affairs (formerly the Supreme Council of Antiquities)…
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: I noticed that the fan stock that is listed as missing in the official report is NOT the one that is shown returned damaged to the museum.
As Hawass mentions in his post, JE 62006 is still missing.
However, the damaged fan stock shown in the press photos of these recently returned items is JE 62003. That item is not listed in the official list of missing objects.
You can see these two objects side by side in this photo, taken during excavation and clearance of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
JE 62003 is on the left, JE 62006 is on the right
Filed under Looting, Museum