Principal Mission
 
 

 


  

The principal mission of the Ministry of State for Antiquities, previously known as the Supreme Council of Antiquities, is to protect and promote the cultural heritage of Egypt, both independently and in cooperation with national and international organizations. To achieve its goals, it formulates and implements all policies concerned with antiquities; issues guidelines and permits for the excavation, restoration, conservation, documentation, and study of sites and monuments; and manages a country-wide system of antiquities museums.

In addition, it oversees the publication of journals and books on archaeology and cultural heritage, and finances its own archaeological excavation, documentation, and conservation projects. The SCA is responsible for the protection of the rich legacy of all of Egypt’s eras, from prehistory through the Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, and Islamic periods and into the modern age.


In this section, you can learn about the history, organization, and special projects of the SCA, and find information on how to contact us.
 

 

Nineteenth Century photograph of the island of Philae and its temples. (credit: SCA Archives)

Nineteenth Century photograph of the island of Philae and its temples (SCA Archives)

 
Nineteenth Century photograph of the island of Philae and its temples. (credit: SCA Archives)

The temples of Philae in their new location on Agilika Island (Mohammed Megahed)