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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Monthly Updates from ARCE


We are very pleased to have Liska Radachi joining us as ARCE's US Director. Liska has worked in the fundraising and external engagement field for over a decade. Most recently, she served as a Director of Advancement for the Smithsonian, focused on fundraising for institutional priorities including renovation of the Fossil Hall at the National Museum of Natural History, The Smithsonian American Women's Initiative, and the transformation of the National Air and Space Museum. In that role, she built the most successful National Councils at the Smithsonian with 100% giving participation and a strong pipeline of major gifts.  She received her BA in Art History from the University of Arizona and her MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University. Originally from Scottsdale, AZ, Liska lives in the Hill East neighborhood of Washington D.C. with her husband Adam and cat Linus.

Welcome to the ARCE team, Liska!


Following the launch of our virtual tours of the Tomb of Menna and the Bab Zuwayla in April, ARCE launched an additional two tours in May for the Aslam al-Silahdar Mosque and the Zawiya-Sabil Faraj Ibn Barquq.

Both of these beautiful Mamluk monuments are located in the Historic Cairo World Heritage Site and both were conserved by ARCE with assistance and support from the U.S. Agency for International Development. To experience these tours, click here.







We are very excited to announce that ARCE will launch its podcast series in July. The series will include topics such as mummification, Kingship, King Tutankhamun, 'Exodus and Egypt: Myths, History, and Archaeology,' 'Recent Research and Books,' and 'Scribe: Behind the Scenes.'

If you have any suggestions for future topics that you would like to see addressed in ARCE's podcast series, please email us at!


ARCE and its North American Chapters are collaborating on an 8-lecture series featuring exciting research and experts in the  elds of Egyptology and Archaeology. These online lectures commenced on May 9 and will take place every Saturday for the next seven weeks. The lectures are available exclusively to ARCE members.

For more information and to register, click here.


Past ARCE project director for the Red Monastery, Elizabeth S. Bolman, will speak in an online lecture titled 'Conserving Coptic Heritage: an Historic Egyptian-American Partnership,' and discuss the joint efforts between the United States and Egypt to protect Coptic heritage. 

Time: June 3, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. EEST

For more information and to register, click here.

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On May 14, ARCE celebrated the 72nd anniversary of its founding and its mission to research and preserve Egypt's cultural heritage. To mark the day, we produced and shared a compilation video of archival images of past fellows, research supporting projects and expedition teams, and ARCE staff and events. Click here to take a trip down (ARCE's) memory lane!


Oldest Recipe Found in Egypt Written in Greek | News from Greeks in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Oldest Recipe Found in Egypt Written in Greek

Photo: Screenshot from the Youtube video

The oldest written recipe found in Egypt is dated around 300 AD. It is a recipe for red lentils and it is written on papyrus in Greek.

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has released a new video on the history of cooking in Egypt ( The video shows the oldest known recipe in the North African country: A recipe from the third century that is written by a person who knew the Greek language or the papyrus had come from Greece.

The ancient Egyptians had eaten lentils since prehistoric times, around 4000 BC. The fact that the lentil recipe is written in Greek, indicates that it was a part of the Greek diet.

--   Sent from my Linux system.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Register for ARCE's Virtual Chapter Lecture on June 6!

Please note the time change for next Saturday's lecture. It will be at 10 a.m. PDT instead of noon PDT.


Registration will close on June 4

Virtual Chapter Series 

An ARCE Member Exclusive


We are very pleased to bring you ARCE's latest virtual initiative, in partnership with our North American Chapters. Our new virtual Chapter lecture series is exclusively available to ARCE members and will run from May to June 2020, with online lectures taking place every Saturday.

The next lecture is co-sponsored by the New England Chapter and Vancouver Interest Group and will feature Inês Torres. For more information and to register, click here. This lecture will begin at 1:00pm EDT.

Registration closes at 3:00 pm EDT on Thursday, June 4, 2020*

*You must register separately for each lecture you wish you attend

About the Lecture: 

The Giza mastaba of Akhmeretnisut (G 2184), excavated in 1912 by the Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition, has been occasionally mentioned in the scholarly literature due to its innovative iconographic program. This lecture will present the most recent research conducted on the mastaba of Akhmeretnisut and discuss the importance of this tomb for the understanding of private funerary monuments of the Old Kingdom. The decorative program of this mastaba is unparalleled in several ways: not only does it contain scenes unattested elsewhere, the spatial arrangement of the decoration is very unusual. Therefore, the mastaba of Akhmeretnisut is an excellent example of how the rules of decorum could be bent by the tomb owner to express creativity and display innovations in both iconography and architecture. 

About the Speaker: 

Inês Torres is a Ph.D. Candidate in Egyptology at Harvard University and a Research Associate at the American Research Center in Egypt for the academic year of 2019-2020. Inês' dissertation focuses on the tomb of Akhmeretnisut (G 2184) at Giza and explores the use and significance of that necropolis for the ancient Egyptian elite during the Late Old Kingdom, by revisiting the mastabas of the Fifth and Sixth Dynasties (c. 2465-2150 B.C.E.). Her research aims to reassess the role Giza played as a non-royal burial site in the Late Old Kingdom and rethink current theories and assumptions related to the characteristics of the private funerary complexes built during that period.