Welcome to the American Research Center in Egypt, Pennsylvania Chapter website. Here you can find information about the organization, learn about our membership options, find out about upcoming Egypt-themed events and more! To visit the American Research Center in Egypt National website please click here.


The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) has issued a plea for support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which are in danger of being defunded by the current administration. Academics, such as historians, art historians, and archaeologists, often depend upon funding from the NEA and the NEH for their research and projects.

"The Arts and Humanities are a vital part of our cultural identity and enhance the quality of our lives. They connect us to the past, they speak to us in the present, and they are our legacy, our gift to the future. Investing in them is never a waste, and we strongly urge that both the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities continue to receive federal funding." http://www.arce.org

If you would like to show your support for the continued funding of the NEA and the NEH, please follow this link and sign the petition, "Preserve the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities": https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/preserve-national-endowment-arts-and-national-endowment-humanities

Please visit the NEH's website to see the wide range of projects that they support: https://www.neh.gov

The NEH is an active participant and proponent for the preservation of our cultural heritage and our archaeological sites world-wide. Please visit the link below to see some of the projects that the NEH currentl supports and has supported over the years.

Please visit the NEA's website to see the wide range of projects that they support: https://www.arts.gov


April 15, 2017
3:30 PM
Rainey Auditorium
Penn Museum

Dr. Salima Ikram, Distinguished Professor 
American University in Cairo

"Safe Passage: Ancient Egyptian Vernacular Shrines in the Western Desert"

Travel is challenging, whether by land, water, or air. In ancient times it was even more complicated, given the physical challenges of technology (or lack thereof), issues of safety due to human or animal agents, and the vagaries of the environment. Despite the manifold difficulties, humans travelled great distances, even traversing portions of the Sahara. 

This lecture will address travel in ancient Egypt, with particular focus on movement through the Sahara and the invocations to the divine in the form of prayers and vernacular shrines that were made as an aid to safe transport. 

Dr. Salima Ikram is Distinguished Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo and Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University. After double majoring in History as well as Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College (USA), she received her M. Phil. (in Museology and Egyptian Archaeology) and Ph.D. (in Egyptian archaeology) from Cambridge University. 

She has directed the Animal Mummy Project, co-directed the Predynastic Gallery project and the North Kharga Oasis Survey, and is Director of the North Kharga Oasis Darb Ain Amur Survey and the Amenmesse Mission of KV10 and KV63 in the Valley of the Kings. Dr. Ikram has worked on several excavations in Egypt as well as in the Sudan, Greece, and Turkey. 

Her research interests include death, daily life, archaeozoology, the relationship between animals and humans, ethnoarchaeology, rock art, environmental history, experimental archaeology, and the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage.  Dr. Ikram has published extensively for adults and children, with subject matters ranging from mummification to the eating habits of the ancient Egyptians. 


May 20, 2017
Classroom 2

Dr. Niv Allon
Assistant Curator, Department of Egyptian Art 
Metropolitan Museum of Art

"The General Had Four Noses: Destruction & Reconstruction in Haremhab’s Scribal Statue"


June 10, 2016
ARCE-PA's Fourth Annual Mini-Seminar
"Queenship Through the Ages"
1pm -6pm


Dr. JJ Shirley, Managing Editor, The Journal of Egyptian History

Dr. Ann Macy Roth, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Art History and Skirball Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies, New York University
"Bald Queens with Pointy Shoulders and other Egyptian Royal Women of the First Twelve Dynasties"

Dr. Kelly-Anne DiamondVisiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Villanova University
"New Kingdom Queens: The Ascending Gender Paradox"

Dr. Beth Ann JudasPresident, ARCE-PA
"Queenship in the Age of the Ptolemies"

Entrance Fees for the Mini Seminar are:

Pre-Registration via PayPal
General - $20
ARCE-PA Members, Penn Museum Members, and U Penn Staff/Faculty -$15
Students With ID -$10

Fees at the Door
General - $25
ARCE-PA Members, Penn Museum Members, and U Penn Staff/Faculty - $20
Students With ID - $15


* Entrance fees for most lectures are $10 for the general public, $7 for Penn Museum members and UPenn Staff & Faculty, $5 for Students with ID, and FREE for ARCE-PA members and children under 12 (unless otherwise stated).

* Please note: ARCE-PA does not sell tickets for the monthly lectures. All entry fees will be taken at the door of the lecture venue at the ARCE-PA table (unless otherwise stated).