|WAC May 2012 eNewsletter - Volume 40|
|Tuesday, 05 June 2012 00:00|
Executive News, News from WAC Members, News Items, Excerpts from Other Archaeological Associations' Newsletters
Volume 40 May 2012
1. Executive News
WAC Executive Meeting
WAC Council Elections
WAC-7 in Jordan is moving into full swing on several fronts. The information given below is just a précis and people who wish to find out more detailed information should go to the website at:
Notification of acceptance of themes: May 15th, 2012
Other people who assisted on the booth include Briece Edwards, Eirik Thorsgard, Arek Marciniak, Ines Domingo Sanz, Gary Jackson, Bayo Folorunso and Dorothy Lippert. We would also like to thank Springer and Left Coast Press for providing books for our stand. Thanks to all.
Claire Smith, for the Executive
2. News Items
WINNER OF THE WAC STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION 2011-12
The papers submitted were evaluated by the WACSC along with a distinguished archaeological scholar representing the Editorial Board of the WAC journal Archaeologies. The winner of the WAC Student Writing Competition will receive a citation from the WAC Executive, a 4-year membership to WAC, and guarantee of review for publication of the paper in a future edition of Archaeologies.
CALL FOR STUDENT VOLUNTEERS AT WAC-7
The scheme will be run by the WAC-7 Organising Committee, and WACSC will provide assistance with its preparation and coordination. The applicants need to be paid-up WAC student members and registered for WAC-7. Applicants will be selected in consideration of their ability to provide assistance at WAC-7. A general priority of selection will be placed on applicants from economically disadvantaged countries and indigenous groups, but those not meeting these conditions will also be considered.
Volunteers will work for part of the WAC-7 Congress (maximum 2 days), and in return they will be provided with shared accommodation and be free to attend sessions and events when they are not scheduled to work. Further details of the scheme will be communicated to the successful applicants by mid June, 2012. All volunteers will need to attend a training session that will take place in Jordan prior WAC-7 opening.
Those WAC student members interested in the scheme are requested to fill the application form, which is located on the WAC-7 website.
Should you have any questions about the scheme, please contact
GLOBAL HERITAGE NETWORK CELEBRATES ONE YEAR OF ACTIVITY
Comprised of three integrated components - GHN Sites, Community and Library - GHN offers its members the opportunity to learn about sites in danger as well as those which have been successfully preserved for future generations to enjoy. More importantly, though, GHN provides a platform for groups of people to work together collaboratively to save threatened sites.
Built around Google Earth, GHN Sites contains over 650 sites in its database, while the social network GHN Community now features 80 site-based and thematic discussion groups, and the GHN Library contains more than 600 heritage preservation-related electronic documents.
To explore GHN, visit http://ghn.globalheritagefund.org
To join GHN, go to
Get involved today and help save our global heritage!
ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE EDUCATION EXPO
The 3rd Archaeological Heritage Education Expo took place at the Chongokni Palaeolithic Site in Korea on May 5th. About 15 prehistory museums of Europe and Asia participated in this Expo which is a part of the 20th Prehistoric Festival program. Last year, almost one million people enjoyed the festival for 5 days. The Expo is intended to share information and knowledge of prehistoric site preservation and use among concerned archaeologists over the World, and was co-hosted by the Youngchon County and the Institute of East Asian Archaeology. Further information is available at http://blog.naver.com/iyc21net
Prof. Kidong Bae
HWB & UCL Cultural Heritage Fellowships
We would like to spread the word about these Fellowships as far and wide as possible, so please forward the following email to any colleagues in the heritage field that you may have in the eligible countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestinian Territories and Syria. One Fellow will be selected from each of these areas.
About the programme:
The training week will be immediately followed by a 1 week placement in a UK museum recognised for its community engagement work. Mentors will be on hand during the placement week to offer more individualised advice and support, and will keep in touch by phone, email or Skype once the fellows return home.
During the year, each Fellow will be visited by their mentor, who will spend a few days at their museum helping to develop the Fellow's project idea. At the end of the year, in September 2013, Fellows will return to London for a 3-day session that will allow them to reflect on their learning and share the results of their projects.
Visit this link to read the full advert for applications to the fellowship and for a UK-based volunteer co-ordinator on the UCL website: http://heritagewithoutborders.org/vacancies/
The MuA Project | MONUMENTS AT RISK
We are pleased to announce the launch of the MuA Project (Monuments at Risk): a participatory project of collective data processing, concerning the documentation of monuments at risk and their evaluation with criteria relative to risks that they encounter. The project aspires to document in detail monuments at risk throughout Greece, form an expanded data base, raise awareness, inform decisions on strategic and economic management and promote creative ways of protection. The ‘openness’ of the Project, compared to others, in technological and theoretical levels, forges
The webpage www.mua.gr is an interactive, communication hub through which visitors could be informed about monuments and cultural landscapes at risk in Greece, but also participate in the scheme by submitting a monument at risk or relevant information.
The Project is supported by a network of partners and it is run by the NGO: Elliniki Etairia, Society for the preservation of the Environment and cultural heritage.
The 1st stage of the Project (June 2010-June 2011) was funded by The ‘A.G. Leventis Foundation’ & the ‘Stavros Niarchos Foundation’.
PERSONAL HISTORIES PROJECT
Please let us know if you have ideas as to what group to interview next and here are our most recent web addresses.
Pamela Jane Smith
CAMPAIGN: MONUMENTS HAVE NO VOICE, THEY MUST HAVE YOURS
MOnuMENTA supports this initiative and urges that you spread the word. Support Greek Cultural Heritage against IMF Cuts International Appeal of the Association of Greek Archaeologists. If monuments had a voice of their own, they would tell us what has been going on in Greece in the past two years. In the name of the global economic crisis and with the IMF acting as a Trojan Horse, austerity measures have been undermining public services, welfare state and social cohesion. Democracy and national dignity are under attack. Monuments have no voice, they have us. We, the 950 Greek Archaeologists, civil servants working in the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, are fighting against the destruction of both our country and our cultural heritage, because of the policies dictated by the IMF and the Troika.
The Greek Archaeological Service is not overstuffed, nor are we being overpaid. We serve in order to protect our cultural heritage and monuments, all over Greece, facing constant lack of funding and personnel, dedicated to the pursuit of scientific knowledge and to access to culture as a public good. Our scientific work has won international recognition. For more than 170 years we have been organizing excavations, studying Greek civilization, organizing Museums not with stolen antiquities but with well-documented exhibits, restoring monuments, organizing educational programs and helping bringing together Ancient culture and modern art.
As civil servants we have neither sought after luxury or over-spending, nor have we been accused of corruption, in sharp contrast the practices of the government and the political system that today promises to “save our country”.
As archaeologists in the land that inherited democracy to the world we are perfectly aware of the dangers associated with the suppression of democracy. We are struggling to preserve the memory and the material traces of the past, because we know that a people without memory are condemned to repeat the same mistakes again and again.
Monuments have no voice. They must have yours! We are making an urgent appeal to our colleagues, to scholars and citizens all over Europe and the whole world, all the people expressing their solidarity and support to the Greek people, to defend cultural heritage and historical memory. The peoples of Europe share the same destiny. The same austerity packages and authoritarian measures, that are currently tearing apart Greece and its monuments, are going to be imposed across Europe. Culture is our common ground and our common destiny. Resist! Defend Greek Cultural Heritage and democracy. EUROPE without memory, EUROPE without future.
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Αγαπητοί Φίλοι, Με το σύνθημα "Τα μνημεία δεν έχουν φωνή, έχουν εμάς" ο Σύλλογος Ελλήνων Αρχαιολόγων απευθύνει έκκληση στους αρχαιολόγους και στους πολίτες όλου του κόσμου για να υπερασπιστούν την πολιτιστική κληρονομιά και την ιστορική μνήμη, μέσω της διεθνούς εκστρατείας που ξεκίνησε για την προστασία της πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς της Ελλάδας. Η ΜΟnuMENTA στηρίζει την πρωτοβουλία του ΣΕΑ.
Σας στέλνουμε το κείμενο και σας καλούμε να το διαδώσετε. Προστατέψτε την πολιτιστική κληρονομιά της Ελλάδας από τις περικοπές του ΔΝΤ Διεθνής Καμπάνια του Συλλόγου Ελλήνων Αρχαιολόγων Αν τα μνημεία είχαν φωνή, θα διηγούνταν… Θα περιέγραφαν όσα έχουν συμβεί στην Ελλάδα τα δύο τελευταία χρόνια, όπου με πρόσχημα την παγκόσμια οικονομική κρίση και με Δούρειο Ίππο το ΔΝΤ, ένα αυστηρό πακέτο λιτότητας √ διαλύει την κοινωνική συνοχή και το κράτος δικαίου, √ στραγγαλίζει την αξιοπρέπεια της Χώρας και την ίδια τη Δημοκρατία, √ απειλεί το φυσικό και πολιτιστικό περιβάλλον, ανεκτίμητη περιουσία του ελληνικού λαού, καθώς: σημαντικά μνημεία της κοινής ευρωπαϊκής και παγκόσμιας πολιτιστικής κληρονομιάς κινδυνεύουν να καταρρεύσουν αβοήθητα,οι λαθρανασκαφές και η κλοπή αρχαιοτήτων αυξάνονται επικίνδυνα, η επιστημονική έρευνα υποχρηματοδοτείται, η μνημειακή κληρονομιά αντιμετωπίζεται με εχθρότητα, ως εμπόδιο στις «επενδύσεις», οι αρχαιολόγοι απειλούνται με απόλυση. Τα μνημεία δεν έχουν φωνή, έχουν εμάς. Εμείς οι 950 Έλληνες αρχαιολόγοι δημόσιοι υπάλληλοι του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού, αντιστεκόμαστε στο αδιέξοδο, στο οποίο βυθίζει τη χώρα μας και την πολιτιστική κληρονομιά το ΔΝΤ και η Τρόικα. Δεν είμαστε υπεράριθμοι, ούτε πληρωθήκαμε ποτέ με μεγάλους μισθούς. Υπηρετούμε τον πολιτισμό και τα μνημεία σε κάθε γωνιά της Ελλάδας, αντιμετωπίζοντας την έλλειψη προσωπικού και χρηματοδότησης με πολλή προσωπική δουλειά και μεράκι, με αφοσίωση στην επιστημονική γνώση και πίστη στον κοινωνικό ρόλο του πολιτισμού. Το επιστημονικό μας έργο είναι γνωστό διεθνώς: ανασκαφές και αναστηλώσεις μνημείων, οργάνωση μουσείων που δε φιλοξενούν κλεμμένες αρχαιότητες αλλά ευρήματα με τεκμηριωμένη προέλευση, εκπαιδευτικά προγράμματα, σύζευξη της αρχαίας τέχνης με τη σύγχρονη καλλιτεχνική δημιουργία. Η Αρχαιολογική Υπηρεσία δε λειτούργησε ποτέ με σπατάλες, πολυτέλειες ή μίζες, που χαρακτηρίζουν το ίδιο πολιτικό σύστημα, που σήμερα υπόσχεται ότι θα «σώσει» τη Χώρα. Εμείς που διδασκόμαστε και διδάσκουμε την άμεση δημοκρατία γνωρίζουμε σε τι είδους καθεστώτα οδηγεί ο στραγγαλισμός της. Προσπαθούμε να διατηρούμε ζωντανή την ιστορική μνήμη, γιατί γνωρίζουμε ότι λαός χωρίς μνήμη είναι λαός καταδικασμένος να κάνει τα ίδια λάθη. Τα μνημεία δεν έχουν φωνή. Εσύ έχεις! Κάνουμε έκκληση στους συναδέλφους μας σε όλες τις χώρες, στους διανοούμενους, στους πολίτες των χωρών της Ευρώπης και όλου του κόσμου που συμπαραστέκονται στον ελληνικό λαό, να υπερασπιστούν την πολιτιστική κληρονομιά και την ιστορική μνήμη. Η μοίρα των λαών της Ευρώπης είναι κοινή. Ηπολιτική των πακέτων λιτότητας και του αυταρχισμού, που διαλύει την Ελλάδα και τα μνημεία της, επιβάλλεται σταδιακά σε όλες τις χώρες της Ευρώπης. Ο πολιτισμός είναι ο κοινός μας τόπος και ο κοινός μας προορισμός. Αντισταθείτε! Υπερασπιστείτ την πολιτιστική κληρονομιά της Ελλάδας και τη δημοκρατία. ΕΥΡΩΠΗ χωρίς μνήμη, ΕΥΡΩΠΗ χωρίς μέλλον
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3. News from WAC Members
PROFESSOR CORNELIUS HOLTORF has been appointed to Professor at the Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden. His inaugural lecture entitled “Search the past – find the present. Qualities of archaeology and heritage in contemporary society”, is broadcast at the following link:
Full version published by Archaeopress, May 2012
THE AUSTRALIAN HISTORIC SHIPWRECK PROTECTION PROJECT
A team of maritime archaeologists and others will excavate a significant colonial shipwreck Clarence, in Victoria's Port Phillip. The three-year Australian Historic Shipwreck Preservation Project (AHSPP) will investigate Australian wooden shipwrecks which have potential to tell us about historic connections, technological innovation and daily life in colonial Australia. This project is the first to have been endorsed by the Cooperative National Heritage Agenda (CNHA), the Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) and the Heritage Chairs and Officials of Australia and New Zealand (HCOANZ).
Excavation work will start on the site on 16 April and continue for a month. It will involve maritime archaeologists and conservators from Monash University, UWA, the Australian National University, the Western Australia Museum, the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology, and many State and Territory museums and heritage authorities as well as students and volunteers.
The project is supported by the Australian Research Council.
The project website is available at: http://www.ahspp.org.au
Mark Staniforth, Chief Investigator
PLEASE TELL US: WHAT ARE ARCHAEOLOGY'S BIGGEST SCIENTIFIC CHALLENGES?
We invite your participation in an effort to identify "grand challenge" problems in archaeology. This confidential survey is a key component of a research project that will compile and publish a list of "grand challenge" problems in archaeology and develop an associated plan that would justify major US National Science Foundation (NSF) investments in computational infrastructure for archaeology. To participate, please go to:
Professional archaeologists and archaeology graduate students are invited to contribute. The important questions don't have national boundaries and we want to include a broad spectrum of professional voices, including those outside the US. Please feel free to forward this request to other interested individuals. Participation is voluntary but you must be at least 18. The survey takes only 2-10 minutes. For additional information you may follow the link or contact Keith Kintigh (principal investigator; firstname.lastname@example.org). We thank you in advance for your assistance.
Keith Kintigh, Arizona State University
4. New publications by WAC members
Erzsébet Jerem, Ferenc Redő and Vajk Szeverényi (eds): On the Road to Reconstructing the Past. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology. Proceedings of the 36th International Conference. Budapest 2008. (Archaeolingua 2011)
The volume comprises 54 papers, while the attached CD contains the full material (84 contributions) presented at the 2008 CAA conference in Budapest. The studies are grouped around four large topics: Remote Sensing and Arial Photography; Data Acquisition and Management; GIS and Intrasite Analysis and finally Virtual Reconstruction and Visualisation.
This collection, along with the framework in which it was produced, offers an image of the present relationship between archaeology and computer science. After the political transitions of the late 20th century, the main topic of Hungarian and, in general, Eastern European archaeology has been the gigantic task resulting from overdue infrastructural development: organizing large-scale preventive excavations, their implementation, documentation and presentation. The tasks could only be solved by means of recent advances in information technology. The organizers of the Budapest conference believed that this theme would draw attention to other more basic problems of archaeology, not only in Hungary, but in neighbouring and more easterly countries as well.
Large-scale excavations in Europe: Fieldwork strategies and scientific outcome. Proceedings of the International Conference, Esslingen am Neckar, Germany, 7th – 8th October 2008. Edited by Jorg Bofinger and Dirk Krausse. EAC Occasional Paper No. 6
During the last decades, the number of large-scale excavations has increased significantly. Such excavations became an important element of archaeological cultural heritage management. This kind of large-area fieldwork offers not only new data, finds and additional archaeological sites, but also gives new insights into the interpretation of archaeological landscapes as a whole. Our view of the results of older excavations and our ideas on settlement structures and land use in the past has changed ramatically. New patterns concerning human“off site activities”, e.g. field systems, or types of sites which were previously underrepresented, can only be detected by large-scale excavations. Linear projects especially, such as pipelines and motorways, offer the possibility to extrapolate and propose models of land use and environment on the regional and macro-regional scale.
Language: English, French and German
The Levantine Question: Post-Palaeolithic rock art in the Iberian Peninsula (bilingual). Edited by: José Julio García Arranz, Hipólito Collado Giraldo and George Nash
This volume draws together many of the World’s leading experts on this assemblage to answer some of the fundamental questions that this enigmatic art and its ancient people have left behind. The book is organized into sixteen thought-provoking chapters; each published in both English and Spanish and skillfully-crafted by the editors to produce an important bi-lingual statement on Levantine Rock Art.
Language: English and Spanish
5 (a) Calls for Papers
JOURNAL OF OPEN ARCHAEOLOGY DATA (JOAD)
JOAD is fully open access - the data papers and the data they describe are available free of charge to anyone anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Data papers are shorter than research articles, and typically quite quick to produce. The journal also operates a rapid publishing model - once your paper is through peer review it will be published immediately.
For more information, please visit the journal website:
5 (b) Forthcoming conferences and sessions
Call for sessions and papers for WAC-7 — ETHICS THEME
WAC’s Committee on Ethics (CoE) invites proposals for sessions at WAC-7 on any of a broad range of ethics-related topics—whether these are issues confronting archaeology as a discipline, experienced by those affected by archaeology, or emerging within WAC as an organization. We encourage sessions that promote discussion or action on: the ethics of particular archaeological practices; problems of professionalism; or issues related to interpretation, access to data, or the democratization of archaeology, as a discipline, profession or craft.
Session topics might focus on relationships between archaeology and knowledge production or archaeology and transnational corporations; the ethics of CRM, cultural tourism, or underwater archaeology; the disjuncture between “world heritage” and local benefits; or connections between archaeology, human rights, social movements, and/or alternative political and economic models. What ethical issues are raised when we act as advocates for others? What does an archaeology that takes social justice as a core value look like? We also encourage topics that explore WAC as an organization—its role, structure, and claims of representation or advocacy.
In sum, the Committee on Ethics invites sessions and presentations that delve into a broad range of ethics-related issues facing WAC members and constituents. Since these sessions are likely to touch upon many WAC-7 themes, they may be cross-listed under more than one theme.
We especially encourage contributions to WAC-7 that represent diverse and interactive formats. These could be in the form of academic or grassroots sessions, whose participants describe and analyze approaches to ethical issues in particular locations and situations with the aim of locating good practices; forums, where the ethical implications of case studies are discussed; roundtable discussions on different philosophical or practical frameworks that might guide ethical action by WAC and its members; exhibitions, or other exploratory formats.
Please submit session or paper abstracts through the WAC-7 website. Once your abstract is accepted and you have registered for WAC-7, the Program Chair will forward this information to the appropriate theme organizers.
We welcome your ideas, questions, and/or feedback.
ARCHAEOLOGY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Throughout the world, archaeological sites and associated museums and heritage parks have become essential economic engines. In the developing world archaeologists are often required by government mandate or indigenous political considerations to support and engage in development-oriented activities. Funding and permission to excavate are increasingly dependent on economic impact. However, there is currently little in the way of conceptual direction or best-practice research to guide practitioners on the best way to use archaeological resources for development and ensure that non-archaeologists recognise this potential value. This conference brings together experts of the highest level from archaeology, development and economics to address from a theoretical, ethical and practical point of view the increasing involvement of archaeologists in economic development.
ICAHM international conference on archaeological heritage management
ICAHM (ICOMOS' International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management) is pleased to announce its international conference on archaeological heritage management, to be held in historic Cuzco, Peru on November 27-30 of this year. Registration is now open. Abstracts should be submitted via the website.
Among the worldwide issues for consideration at this meeting are local stakeholder claims on archaeological heritage; sustainable development and community sustainability; tourism pressures and site preservation; heritage and rights; challenges to the validity and value of the World Heritage List as it quickly approaches 1,000 inscribed sites; the World Heritage List decision-making process; impacts of war, civil disorder, and natural disasters on archaeological sites; technical advances in archaeological heritage management.
ICAHM will publish the best papers from this annual meeting in its publication series with Springer Press, “Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Archaeological Heritage Management”
SOCIETY FOR HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The Society for Historical Archaeology's next annual conference will be held outside North America for only the second time, at the University of Leicester, between 9th and 12th January 2013. The conference theme is 'globalization, immigration, transformation'.
The full Call for Papers (including information on paper and symposium submission) is now available for download at:
Information about the conference may also be found at the official conference website: http://www.sha.org/meetings/annual_meetings.cfm
The SHA and the local conference organising committee here in Leicester are making full use of social media in the run up to, and during, the conference in January 2013.
As well as the conference website, you will be able to follow the latest news on the SHA blog: http://www.sha.org/blog
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SHA_org (#SHA2013)
and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SocietyforHistoricalArchaeology especially the conference event page: http://facebook.com/events/317346474993090
RISK MANAGEMENT IN MUSEUMS
The Museum of Anatolian Civilisations (MAC) announces the International Conference on Risk Management in Museums. In recent years, natural and human-made disasters all over the world have had a devastating impact. Earthquakes, floods, fires, armed conflicts and civil unrests increasingly cause the loss of human lives and the destruction of infrastructure. Heritage protection in such emergency situations constitutes a great challenge. In Turkey, museum professionals are frequently confronted with floods and earthquakes, putting the country¹s cultural heritage at risk. As another rising threat, illicit traffic in art and archaeological objects constantly endangers museums¹ collections and activities, while depriving communities of their heritage and history.
In order to promote cross-sector exchanges in this regard, heritage and other professionals from Turkey and the European Union will come together to discuss the following topics: Museum security, risk management in museums, seismic protection of museums and their collections, protection of movable heritage in the case of natural and human-made disaster, and fight against illicit traffic in cultural goods.
The International Conference will be followed by a three-day Training programme on risk management in museums organised by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), MAC, and FOCUH. The training aims to instruct eighteen selected museum professionals from Ankara, Istanbul and several European countries in the field of risk preparedness and prevention against disasters and illicit traffic.
For more information about the conference, and for registration, please contact:
5 (c) Jobs
KIMBERLEY FOUNDATION IAN POTTER CHAIR IN ROCK ART (REF: 4013)
Closing date: Friday, 29 June 2012
Applications are invited for a tenurable appointment to the newly created Kimberley Foundation Ian Potter Chair in Rock Art in the School of Social and Cultural Studies and the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management within the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia.
The University is seeking to appoint a senior scholar to lead and develop rock art research in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The position is primarily a research role and the person will be responsible for developing integrated research programs in the Centre for Rock Art Research and Management, and for ensuring appropriate participation and collaboration with traditional owners. The principal focus of this research will advance understanding of the duration, nature and context of Indigenous cultural heritage in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.
For further information regarding the position please contact Professor Jane Balme, Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences on (08) 6488 3825 or email email@example.com. Alternatively contact Professor Ian Saunders, Head of the School of Social and Cultural Studies, on (08) 6488 7248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An attractive remuneration package that includes a Winthrop Professorial (Level E) salary is offered. Benefits include generous leave provisions, superannuation and relocation assistance (if applicable) for the appointee and dependants.
The Information for Candidates brochure which includes details to lodge your application may be found via a link at http://jobs.uwa.edu.au/ or at
ARIEL WALTER GONZÁLEZ (1965- 2011)
Ariel´s latest positions were at the Office of the Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Argentinean Embassy in Vienna, but he continued collaborating with UNESCO on many fronts. One of the most challenging concerned the complex legal aspects associated with the nomination of the Qhapaq Ñan, the Inca road network, for the World Heritage list. The Qhapaq Ñan stretches along the Andes Mountains of Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, and the nomination is being presented jointly by all those nations.
I met and worked with Ariel in the context of the negotiations of the UNESCO Underwater Cultural Heritage convention. Besides his professional brilliance, he always had the most generous disposition to assist and collaborate with whoever sought his advice. After exhausting working days Ariel was still prepared to continue thinking, writing, providing a constructive idea, negotiating, or do whatever was necessary in search of a consensus for the protection of the heritage.
Ariel´s mother recently reminded us that we all die, but not all of us live, and that Ariel was not afraid of dying but instead was afraid of living without making a difference. Well Ariel, dear friend, you can certainly rest in peace. Your short life has been absolutely extraordinary and you will always be remembered for an amazing number of contributions to cultural heritage protection and to many other fields. It has been a great privilege to know you.
7. News from other archaeological associations
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