AIA Lecturer/Host: Nancy Wilkie

Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts at Carleton College

Archaeological Institute of America lecturer and host Nancy Wilkie is a distinguished archaeologist and professor who has lectured on numerous AIA Tours throughout the Mediterranean and around the world. Nancy is the William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts, and Co-Director of the Archaeology Concentration at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where she has been on the faculty since 1974. She is also an Honorary President of the Archaeological Institute of America, a member of The Explorers Club, and on the Managing Committee of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

In 2009-10 Nancy served as the AIA’s Charles Eliot Norton lecturer, one of the highest honors that the Institute bestows. In April 2003 the President appointed her to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department, on which she currently serves. The Committee reviews requests from foreign governments for the protection of their cultural property and recommends a course of action to the U.S. State Department. A graduate of Stanford University (1964), Nancy received her M.A. and Ph.D. (1975) from the University of Minnesota. She began her archaeological career in 1968 when she joined a pioneering program of survey and excavation in the region of the Palace of Nestor at Pylos in Greece. Since then Nancy has worked on archaeological projects in Greece, Egypt, and Nepal, and has authored more than 30 articles and co-edited three books on archaeology.