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Great Lecture Series

World Heritage

Since 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated locations of cultural and natural significance that are of outstanding value to humanity as World Heritage Sites.

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Sites designated by UNESCO highlight masterpieces of human creative genius, such as great archaeological sites, sublime works of religious architecture, monumental sculpture and painting, classic urban landscapes, and masterworks of architecture and engineering. Similarly, UNESCO also notes our planet’s most magnificent natural features, physical and biological formations, and areas of noteworthy beauty and scientific value.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites comprise a breathtaking panorama of our world’s greatest treasures, both natural and man-made, located in 167 countries. Learn about a selection of these sites at Penn Museum’s Great Lecture Series: World Heritage.

Great Lecture Series Events



North American Mounds as World Heritage

Wednesday | April 12 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET



Marshland of Cities: Lagash and its Neighbors ca. 2500 BCE

Wednesday | May 3 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET



Saving the Archaeology and Monuments of Lower Nubia

Wednesday | June 7 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ET


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