Posted by: imalqata | February 5, 2014

Starting up again

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Madame Amira

Madame Amira

The process of excavation takes a good deal of preparation and involves getting supplies, arranging transportation, and inevitably, lots of paperwork. Despite all the upheaval in Egypt over the last few years, our colleagues in the Ministry of Antiquities continue to facilitate our work in the most efficient and helpful manner. Guiding us through the maze of paperwork and permissions is the redoubtable Madame Amria Khattab. She has been the heart and soul of the American Research Center in Egypt for 43 years serving in various capacities and now as the Deputy Director. The American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is a private, nonprofit organization composed of educational and cultural institutions, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Emory University, as well as, professional scholars, and private individuals. ARCE’s mission is to support research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture from ancient to modern, and strengthen American-Egyptian cultural ties. ARCE also provides fellowships to students and scholars as well as grants for various Egyptian projects. Our work at Malqata this year is in part funded by an ARCE grant (more on that later…)
Once we all arrive in Cairo, we meet with Madame Amira and officials in the Ministry of Antiquities to finalize all our permissions and then it is a matter of obtaining the rest of the supplies we need in Cairo and arranging transportation to Luxor. Since she is fluent in five languages English, French, Italian, German, and Arabic of course, and knows just about everyone in Cairo, Madame Amira is an invaluable guide and resource always with a welcoming smile and humorous anecdote to smooth the way. After a long journey to Cairo, it is always a tremendous relief to be welcomed back to Egypt by such a beloved friend.

Diana Craig Patch
Catharine Roehrig
Peter Lacovara



  1. Hello.
    Is it possible to visit the site?

    • It is not yet officially open to the public. You need special permission from the antiquities service. We hope when our work is done it will be open for visits, but that is at least several years away.

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