To honor Nancy Wilkie, AIA President from 1999 through 2002, the Institute established an endowed lectureship on the theme of Archaeological Heritage. It is a fitting tribute to Nancy’s tremendous contributions to the Institute and to her close involvement in world archaeology in regions as diverse as Greece, South Asia, and the American Southwest. Her tireless advocacy of preservation and public appreciation of archaeology’s inherent values is celebrated by these annual lectures, which represent the many disciplines and differing perspectives that bear on the future directions of archaeology.
The Nancy Wilkie Lectureship in Archaeological Heritage engages AIA members in the fascinating and timely issues that are shaping the present and future of the field. Distinguished, internationally recognized speakers address provocative issues faced at sites around the world through the Wilkie lectures, offering AIA members, as fellow stakeholders, the chance to engage in the stimulating, sometimes contentious debates that archaeologists now confront.