Cultural Heritage and Museums Lecture Series
Dr. Lynn Meskell
Photo Credit: UNESCO, Paris
Photo Credit: UNESCO, Paris

Engineering Internationalism

UNESCO's Victory in Nubia

Dr. Lynn Meskell

Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University

former Director of the Stanford Archaeology Center


Tuesday, April 17 at 4:30 pm

David Friend Hall, Yale Peabody Museum

Refreshments will be served


In 1955 Egypt and Sudan appealed for international support to save the sites and monuments of ancient Nubia, an area to be flooded by construction of the Aswan Dam. Inspired by idealism and set amidst the Cold War, the Nubian Monuments Campaign represents UNESCO’s utopian desires for world citizenship and global heritage. UNESCO embraced large-scale and transnational archaeology, bringing together archaeological research and a technocratic conservation agenda.  While only fleeting, and not entirely successful, this foray into field archaeology would mark both archaeology’s apogee and demise at UNESCO.


Sponsored by the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the FAS Office of Diversity and Faculty Development, and the Yale Peabody Museum.  With special thanks to the Yale Anthropology Department, and the Yale Archaeological Studies Program.