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The Nile Valley is the birthplace of one of the first and most resilient great civilizations. In the course of its long and distinguished history, Egypt has bequeathed to us a legacy of spectacular monuments and a dazzling array of artefacts. However, unimposing sites and objects of everyday life also provide an invaluable insight to the various aspects of ancient Egyptian society and are just as important as the more spectacular sites and 'treasures'. The archaeological record is a finite resource, which is easily destroyed without proper protection. Today, such archaeological sites and monuments all over Egypt are threatened by urban sprawl, development projects, agricultural expansion, pollution and looting.

There are an incredible number of sites and monuments everywhere in Egypt, as well as the countless artefacts in museums and storerooms, requiring constant monitoring, protection and maintenance. This is a task beyond the resources of any one nation. ECHO, a charitable company was founded in 1998 to help in securing the protection and conservation of Egypt's threatened heritage.

ECHO regards the education of students, professionals and the public as the one of the most effect, long-term, sustainable and least expensive means of safeguarding the threatened cultural heritage. Through ECHO you can make a difference.

The ECHO Fieldschool

Funding requirement: £10,000

Following the success of several fieldschools held at Kafr Hassan Dawood (KHD) in the 1990s and the publication of the book Standards of Archaeological Excavation, ECHO wants to establish an annual fieldschool at this large Predynastic and Late Period site to train Egyptian students in the methods, practice and theory of archaeological fieldwork.

The cost of providing food, lodging and tuition for each Egyptian student is £300. The funding will also be used to cover the costs of refurbishing the Research and Conservation Centre at KHD, including plumbing, electrics, a solar hot water system, new roofing, furnishings, beds, and shelving and storage for the archaeology stores. An internet connection is also desirable so that the team can keep all our supporters informed of progress at the site.

ECHO plan to run the first fieldschool at Kafr Hassan Dawood from December 2012 to January 2013 to coincide with the University of Winchester/Egypt Exploration Society/Ministry of State for Antiquities Wadi Tumilat research project.

  • A donation of £10 will cover the cost of one day's training and accommodation.
  • A donation of £60 will cover the cost of one week's training and accommodation.
  • A donation of £300 will cover the cost of one student's training and accommodation for the entire period of the fieldschool.
  • A donation of £1,000 will allow three Egyptian students to participate in the fieldschool.

The names of all donors will be included in the final publication of the site and placed on the ECHO website.

Scholarships for Egyptian Students Studying Abroad

In the summer of 2011 ECHO sponsored an Egyptian student to study part of the Egyptian collection at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London as part of the PhD research. This proved to be a great success and we now want to extend this programme, to not only cover periods of research studying collections outside of Egypt, but to undertake formal degree course in Europe and the USA.

Funding requirement: £250,000

The funding will also be used to cover to provide financial support, tuition fees, lodging and return flights from Egypt to UK for students wishing to research and study specialist courses and/or archaeological or Egyptological collections in Europe and the USA.

To provide financial support and tuition fees for underprivileged Egyptian students, especially women students, who prefer to study in Egypt to be close to family and community.

Ultimately four students (two men and two women) would be awarded an ECHO scholarship every year.

  • A donation of £15 will cover the cost one day's accommodation.
  • A donation of £30 will cover the cost one day's tuition fees at a US or European university.
  • A donation of £210 will cover the cost one week's tuition fees at a US or European university.
  • A donation of £10,000 will allow one Egyptian student to undertake either an MA or MSc abroad.
  • A donation of £30,000 will allow one Egyptian student to undertake a PhD abroad.

The names of all donors will be placed on the ECHO website and anyone fully sponsoring a student will be acknowledged in all the works that result from their studies.

ECHO Conference 2013

Following the success of the first ECHO conference held in London, we are currently engaged in organising a second conference, a Workshop on Cultural Heritage Management in Revolutionary Times to be held in Alexandria in September 2013. Due to the recent upheaval in Egypt more and more sites have been put at risk from looting, vandalism and illegal encroachments and artefacts held in magazines and museums put at risk of theft. This conference will be a platform for professionals to discuss ways of improving the security of sites and artefacts.

Funding requirement: £4,000

This money will be used to cover the costs of staging a conference in Alexandria in 2013. This will include the cost of hiring a venue for the day, food and drink for the delegates and speakers and the cost of return flights and accommodation for the conference organisers and bursaries for delegates.

  • A donation of £12 will cover the cost of one conference organiser's accommodation.
  • A donation of £50 will cover the cost of printing promotional posters.
  • A donation of £400 will cover the cost of one conference organiser's flight.
  • A donation of £4,000 will cover the cost of the entire conference and will be regarded as sponsorship and treated accordingly in the promotion of the event.

The names of all donors will be placed on the ECHO website and a single sponsor will be included on all promotional material.

ECHO Children's' Book of Ancient Egyptian History

The education of children in the importance of ancient history and the preservation of cultural heritage is one of ECHO’s main objectives. The Wonder of Egypt is a children's history book written by Fekri Hassan for ECHO. The book is over 100 pages long and will be illustrated profusely throughout.

Funding requirement: £5,000

The funding will be used to cover the fees and expenses of a graphic designer to complete the illustrations so that the book can be published.

  • A donation of £10 will help to illustrate this book.
  • A donation of £50 will cover the cost of one illustration.
  • A donation of £5,000 will cover the cost of illustrating this book and will be treated as a single sponsorship and acknowledged accordingly.

The names of all donors will be placed on the ECHO website and included in the list of acknowledgements in the book.




 

Current Affairs

 

There has been and continues to be illegal encroachment on the UNESCO World Heritage Listed site of Dahshur. The Trustees of ECHO are supporting this petition to try and stop this illegal building activity and so can you, please sign the petition


The ECHO trustees are pleased to announce that ECHO is now a registered charity (number 1142484) this will enable ECHO to continue and develop into the future.


ECHO is now on Facebook


ECHO article detailing the endangered sites in the Faiyum is now available to download as a PDF


Protection of Cultural Heritage in Revolutionary Times: The International Workshop on Prevention of Destruction, Looting and Theft of Cultural Heritage. Cairo, September 2012.
Call for Papers


New Nubian Dams are planned by the Sudanese Government, none of which have the consent of the local population who will be the ones most affected.
Sign the petition to stop the building of these dams



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