Egyptologists and other experts gathered in Italy to celebrate a successful campaign to save ancient Egyptian temples from being submerged by a dam project 50 years ago and to warn of new threats.

The international campaign that saved the temples of Abu Simbel when Aswan High Dam was remembered in Turin as an unprecedented engineering achievement and a turning point in the preservation of cultural heritage sites.

But experts at the Monday event say that with major dam projects underway in Sudan and Ethiopia, the job of protecting Nubian culture is not finished.

The director of Turin’s Egyptian Museum, Christian Greco, noted that salvaging Abu Simbel settlements and domestic artifacts didn’t receive as much emphasis as the temples.

She says their loss to the dam provides lessons for the future.

FILE - In this photo taken on Oct. 11, 1966 in Egypt, workmen lower one of the heads of the four rock-hewn colossi of King Ramses II into place, on the foundation of the re-sited monument. (AP Photo)
FILE – In this photo taken on Oct. 11, 1966 in Egypt, workmen lower one of the heads of the four rock-hewn colossi of King Ramses II into place, on the foundation of the re-sited monument. (AP Photo)
Luciano Paoli shows the inside of the Ellesiya Temple, one of the treasures transported away from an area of the Nile river valley flooded by the construction of the Aswan Dam, at the Egyptian museum in Turin, Italy, Monday, Feb. (AP Photo/Colleen Barry)
Luciano Paoli shows the inside of the Ellesiya Temple, one of the treasures transported away from an area of the Nile river valley flooded by the construction of the Aswan Dam, at the Egyptian museum in Turin, Italy, Monday, Feb. (AP Photo/Colleen Barry)
FILE - In this photo taken on Dec. 1, 1965, a large interior pillar is lifted by crane after it had been cut free during the massive international operation to save the ancient Abu Simbel temples from the waters of the man-made lake forming behind the Aswan high dam in Egypt. (AP Photo)
FILE – In this photo taken on Dec. 1, 1965, a large interior pillar is lifted by crane after it had been cut free during the massive international operation to save the ancient Abu Simbel temples from the waters of the man-made lake forming behind the Aswan high dam in Egypt. (AP Photo)
FILE - In this photo taken on Nov. 6, 1964, salvage work are underway on the colossal 32-century-old temple of Abu Simbel, built by King Ramses II and dedicates to the worship of four prominent gods, as scores of determined archaeologist rally for the
FILE – In this photo taken on Nov. 6, 1964, salvage work are underway on the colossal 32-century-old temple of Abu Simbel, built by King Ramses II and dedicates to the worship of four prominent gods, as scores of determined archaeologist rally for the “last big dig” to save Nubia’s invaluable relics before they disappear beneath waters rising behind the Aswan Dam. (AP-Photo)
Ana Luiza Thompson-Flores, director of UNESCO's office in Venice, addresses an event at the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Monday, Feb. (AP Photo/Colleen Barry)
Ana Luiza Thompson-Flores, director of UNESCO’s office in Venice, addresses an event at the Egyptian Museum in Turin, Monday, Feb. (AP Photo/Colleen Barry)

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