ICE 2014 in Alex cancelled, IAE invites bids30.12.2013Message from the President of the IAE
The Egyptian Ministry of State for Antiquities has informed the IAE that, because of the uncertain political climate in Egypt, Egypt will not be able to host the next International Congress of Egyptologists as originally planned.
The officers of the IAE therefore invite bids from member countries to host the next congress. Each bid should be as detailed as possible, including at least the projected dates of the congress (ideally, in 2015). All bids are due by April 30, 2014.
I remind bidders that the arrangement between the IAE, as sponsor, and the host country and organization is similar to that between the International Olympic Committee and the host city of the Olympics. The IAE membership will vote on the bids on the IAE website, and the winner will be notified and announced on the IAE website after July 31, 2014. It is the responsibility of the host country and organization to arrange and pay for all details of the congress, including schedule, events, venue, hotel space, and committees to review proposed papers from members. In return, the host sets whatever registration fee is necessary to cover costs. The IAE will help insofar as possible, though the organization’s funds are very limited.
With all best wishes for the New Year,
James P. Allen
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Please refer to: www.hieratistik.uni-mainz.de/Dateien/DEFSyllabus_crash_course.pdf
ICE 2014 in Alexandria cancelled: Refunding of payments08.01.2014Please refer to the website of the organizers:
11th ICE in Alexandria: Latest News19.05.2013Dear colleagues,
Kindly follow the latest news on the website of the organizers:
19 May 2013:
Postponing the date of the Congress to September 2014
The Organizing Committee of the ICE in Bibliotheca Alexandrina together with the International Association of Egyptologists and the Ministry of States of Antiquities has decided to postpone the date of the congress till September 2014 instead of September 2013. Participants of the ICE have the right to refund their payments or to continue with us in September 2014. Dates of registration will be postponed as well; news will be updated soon on the congress website.
The Secretary General, IAE
Urgent SCA message for Egyptologists01.08.2012Dear Colleagues,
The Department of the Foreign Missions Affairs at the Supreme Council of Antiquities would like to inform you that there are few changes in the procedures of the application process for Foreign Missions and Scholars to work in Egypt.
Missions working in non-military sites, the security clearance form MUST be accompanied by 6 personal photographs and 2 passport copies.
As for mission working in military areas, the security clearance form MUST be accompanied by 9 personal photographs and 4 passport copies.
These new changes by the National Security will be applied for the new applications from 1st of August, 2012. However, for the applications already submitted prior to this date, the department will handle it .
Dr. Mohamed Ismail Khaled
Director of Department of Foreign Missions Affairs Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA)
3. El Adel Abou Bakr St.
Zamalek - Cairo.
Tel./Fax: +20 02-2735-0629
Metropolitan Museum to return 19 artifacts to Egypt01.08.2011Read more: af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE76T04N20110730
List of Missing Artifacts from the Egyptian Museum Cairo 15.03.2011Dr. Tarek El Awady, Director of the Egyptian Museum, would like to ask for help in the repatriation of the missing artifacts after the attack on January 28, 2011. Complete list:
Petition forwarded by the Egyptian Museum: Petition to Prime Minister.pdf
The Most Recent Summary of Damage to Antiquities03.03.2011www.drhawass.com/blog/status-egyptian-antiquities-today-3-march-2011
The State of Antiquities: Latest Press Releases by the SCA23.02.2011www.sca-egypt.org/eng/MR_PR.htm
SCA Announcement by Ramadan B. Hussein07.02.2011Sunday, 6th of Febr., 2011
In the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), we all realize with great appreciation the concerns of the entire Egyptological and archaeological communities around the world on the safety of Egypt's archaeological heritage. We also understand that these concerns are growing higher and higher with the frightening news about "ransacking", "looting", "plundering", "vandalizing"…etc. of Egypt's museums, magazines and archaeological sites. These reports on the situation of Egypt's archaeological heritage are not entirely accurate. There were indeed incidents of vandalism, but have not reached the level of looting. We would like to assure everybody that archaeological sites and museums in Egypt are in the capable hands of the Egyptian Army, the inspectors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and most importantly the villagers living in the vicinity of these archaeological sites. Villagers have formed human shields around the sites and are assisting the army and the inspectors in guarding the magazines and sites.
The story of the vandalism of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo is very complex with multiple sides to it. The people who congregated in the garden of the museum on Friday, January 28 had different intensions. Some people were protecting the museum; others entered the garden with the intension to break into the museum. A third group was just hanging out as if they were in a picnic!
The newly opened museum gift-shop was vandalized and ransacked. Looters thought all along that the gift-shop is the Egyptian Museum and that the jewelry gifts and replicas are antiquities. The majority of the looted jewelry was returned by the Egyptian Army personnel, who rushed into the museum once the curfew was forced. They arrested a number of looters and used the help of volunteers to form a human shield around the museum. The funny part of the story is that only the books of the gift-shop remained untouched. Looters are never interested in books, I guess. However, ca. 6 people broke into the museum through the windows in the museum ceiling using ropes. One of those people fell down on a showcase, while going down using the rope. He got injured and could not escape, and was arrested inside the museum. The army also arrested ca. 10 more people who tried relentlessly to scale the western museum surrounding wall.
The preliminary damage assessment of the Egyptian Museum, Cairo was conducted on Saturday, January 29, by a committee of Egyptologists, army personnel and policemen. This committee included Dr. Tarek El-Awady, the General Director of the Museum, Mr. Ibraheim Abd El-Mageid, a Senior Curator at the museum and myself. We found out that only 13 (thirteen) showcases were smashed and objects were taken out. Fortunately, the thieves were after "treasures". In their understanding, "treasures" are gold objects. Therefore, they left all the objects of the smashed showcases lying on the floors of the galleries. Some of these objects are found broken, while others are still intact. A full account of the vandalism of Egypt's archaeological sites and museums could be found on Dr. Zahi Hawass's website, www.zahihawass.com, and on that of the SCA (www.sca-egypt.org).
New Comment by James P. Allen04.02.2011Now that communications have been restored in Egypt, there has been emerging more news about Egypt's antiquities than was available when I last wrote. The official voice of the government in this regard, Zahi Hawass, has issued numerous press releases to assure everyone that "All the museums and monuments of Egypt are safe" (personal communication, Feb., 3rd). These are posted on the SCA website (www.sca-egypt.org).
Reports from others in Egypt are less optimistic. While we cannot post them all here, we would encourage those of you who are concerned to monitor the Facebook page "Egyptologists for Egypt," which has been serving as an ongoing forum about the crisis, mostly with personal opinions but occasionally with news from contacts in Egypt itself:
The news of the last few days has not been encouraging, for Egypt's cultural heritage as well as for its people. For those of you with contacts in Egypt, please let them know that we stand with them in spirit and in the hope that Egypt's people and its cultural heritage will both emerge from this crisis not only safely but with a brighter future.
James P. Allen
President of the IAE
CIPEG Statement on the Situation in Egypt03.02.2011Download:
ICOM has published an additional statement on Egypt:
UNESCO Warns on Egypt Heritage03.02.2011The United Nations' cultural organisation urged Egyptian authorities and protesters Tuesday to protect the country's heritage and respect freedom of expression during the ongoing political crisis.
The Situation in Egypt: Activities undertaken by individuals03.02.2011We would like to inform about activities undertaken by individuals independently from the IAE:
Egyptological Looting Database 2011:
Protect Egyptian Cultural Heritage
Mission to Restore Antiquities in Egypt
Restore + Save the Egyptian Museum
Egyptologists for Egypt
Antiquities Alert20.01.2011As a permanent service we would like to announce stolen or illegal antiquities on this page under News. Please send any information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment of Membership Fee by PayPal12.07.2010The vast majority of IAE members can pay their membership fee most conveniently by the web payment method PayPal. However, PayPal is NOT available in the following countries:
Arab Republic of Egypt
Republic of Serbia
Members from these countries and those who do not want to use PayPal at all, are kindly requested to contact the General Secretary (email@example.com) or their respective national representative (www.iae-egyptology.org/iae.php?site=presidency). For further information about PayPal’s offerings in your country or region, please, see: www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_display-country-functionality-outside.
Welcome by the president24.03.2010Dear Colleagues,
Welcome to the new website of the International Association of Egyptologists! Thanks to the efforts of our Secretary General, Prof. Dr. Ursula Verhoeven, and her team - Dr. Silke Roth and Claudius Troeber -, you now have a better way of communicating with your association and with one another. Key features include access to a directory of members and their addresses (please make sure your own information is up to date), and the ability to renew your membership online. Eventually, this site will give us all a primary portal for linking to institutional and individual websites and Egyptological databases worldwide (such as the OEB, already linked). We also hope you will use it to post news of international interest, and we hope it will also help to curb the trade in illegal antiquities by serving as a site to post alerts. The site you see today is only the beginning. Please let us know your thoughts on how we can improve it and make it more useful to the international Egyptological community.
James P. Allen