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Archeological work resumes in Egypt!

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ARCE-DC Members and Friends,

If you were fortunate enough to see Barry Kemp’s lecture last October at the Egyptian Embassy on “Towards a Better Understanding of Amarna:  recent research in the city and its main cemetery,” I’m sure you remember it.  The below update on the situation in Egypt and its archaeological sites was just forwarded to us from Dr. Kemp.   He paints an optimistic picture and I know we all hope progress continues to run smoothly.

By the way, if you haven’t heard, Barry Kemp was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 New Years Honours for services to archaeology, education and international relations in Egypt.

I’m sure he would appreciate hearing from you.

–Bob Wilson, ARCE-DC.

Forwarded message from Barry Kemp.
Sent: Saturday, February 26, 2011 1:20:11 AM
Subject: Amarna restart 

The rapid easing of the tension that developed in Egypt as the
demonstrations began on January 25th has removed the obstacles to the
resumption of work at most archaeological sites in Egypt.

I am delighted to report that I will travel to Amarna on Monday (February
28th) to re-open the expedition house. The archaeological team will begin
to arrive shortly afterwards, with a view to commencing the excavations at
the South Tombs Cemetery. We will be a week later in starting than we
planned, but that still gives us seven weeks of excavation.

Later in the season, we will also return to the repairs at the North
Palace. Last year we set up an appeal to raise an additional sum of £2825
pounds sterling. The site is:

Many people have responded, to give us a total so far of £1430.

Can you help us to reach the target by making a donation?

The site is open until the end of March.

We have all lived through a remarkable moment in history. The attached
picture, taken near Tahrir Square, captures the spirit of optimism and
friendliness to the outside world that many Egyptians feel.

Barry Kemp, 26th February 2011

Support the work of the Amarna Project at:


Author: arcedc77

The ARCE Chapter in Washington, DC (ARCE-DC) sponsors, on average, ten free lectures and one seminar a year, plus occasional social events. We sponsor tours to Egypt and organize occasional bus trips to museums that are featuring exhibitions on Egypt. We maintain close contact with the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, and the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C., which frequently provides a speaking venue for our lecturers. Our lectures are otherwise coordinated with and held at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Our chapter has approximately 100 members and the average attendance at lectures is approximately 40 people. When held at the Egyptian Embassy, the number can exceed 100 attendees.

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