2010 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: Mexico

Nelly Robles García
Mexico, Born 1956

Over more than two decades, Mexican archaeologist Nelly Robles García has contributed widely to the field of cultural resources management through her pioneering work that incorporates an array of dynamic, new strategies while taking into account the needs of local communities.


Dr Robles García earned degrees in archaeology and architectural restoration in Mexico before obtaining a Ph.D in anthropology in 1994 from the University of Georgia, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. During this period, she took up her first directorship, in 1985, as head of the Mitla Archaeological Research and Restoration Project in her native state of Oaxaca. Twelve years later, she was appointed director of Oaxaca’s Archaeological Zone of Monte Albán, a large pre-Columbian World Heritage Site. She remains at both posts today.

The author/editor of nearly a dozen books on Oaxaca archaeology and heritage management, Robles García has spoken at more than 100 national and international conferences on these subjects. For her efforts in linking North American and Mexican archaeologists, she won the Society for American Archaeology’s 2008 Presidential Award. Firmly committed to passing on her knowledge to the younger generation, Robles García teaches at universities in the U.S. and Mexico, often guiding graduate students in their theses.

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