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Lecture | Faculty Lecture

Who Benefits from Heritage?

Date
Thursday 12 December 2019
Time
Location
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden

Negotiating between archaeologies and communities in South Asia

Home to one-third of the world’s population, South Asia has a corresponding richness of cultural heritage with 44 properties inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and thousands of protected national properties.  Although strikingly rich, cultural heritage is a non-renewable resource and there have been a series of tragic, high profile events in South Asia, which have irreversibly damaged that heritage.  Less visible within media reports is the equally concerning widespread localized destruction of South Asia’s monuments, cityscapes and landscapes caused by increasing pressure from agriculture intensification and resource extraction as well as the spread of modern urbanization, tourism, industrialization and investment in mega-infrastructure.  Referencing case-studies from South Asia, this lecture will present a series of archaeological interventions led by Durham’s UNESCO Chair which have attempted to reach a balance between heritage and development, within post-disaster contexts.

The Faculty Lecture is followed by the Faculty's End of Year Drinks.

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