The New England Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt exists to inform and educate chapter members and the general public about the culture and history of Egypt from ancient through modern times. Our primary activities are lectures that bring leading scholars and specialists in Egyptology and Coptic and Islamic studies to Boston and the surrounding New England region to present their work in an accessible forum, to share their experiences, and to interact with the interested public. When possible, other chapter activities can include larger thematic workshops, tours and organized exhibition viewings, and social events. As a local organization, ARCE-New England aims to be responsive to its home region. It seeks out speakers and topics that are interesting and fun for all audiences but which serve the particular interests and needs of its membership. Above all, we hope to create an active, diverse community in which professionals and non-professionals alike, people of any age and experience can meet regularly to learn, exchange knowledge, and foster a mutual love of Egypt.
ARCE represents American scholarly interests in Egypt by facilitating research and maintaining a permanent base in Cairo for students and scholars studying Egypt from prehistory up through the present. ARCE supports archaeological excavations, museum study, as well as art historical, cultural, and social scientific research projects.
For almost 20 years, ARCE has worked in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development and Egypt's Ministry of State for Antiquities to administer grants that promote the conservation and preservation of Egyptian antiquities. This goal of this initiative, which has supported over 60 projects to date, is to preserve Egypt's heritage for future generations through documentation, conservation, training, and publication.
ARCE conducts field schools to train Egyptian antiquities inspectors and conservators in modern methods and also sponsors educational and training opportunities in the United States for Egyptian students, scholars, and conservators.
ARCE's publications include books, an annual scholarly journal, a bi-annual bulletin, and a conservation newsletter. A yearly conference, held in a different city each Spring, provides a venue for ARCE member scholars and students to share their research, and an opportunity for all ARCE members to hear about the latest research in Egypt.