Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is the World Archaeological Congress (WAC)?
WAC was founded in 1985 as the only representative, international organization
of practicing archaeologists. It encourages open dialogue between archaeologists
and others concerned about the past, including Indigenous peoples and
First Nations people whose pasts are told by archaeologists. One of WAC's
primary functions is to hold an international congress every four years.
What are the WAC Congresses about?
WAC Congresses offer discussion on the results of new archaeological research
as well as on archaeological policy, practice and politics. Regular features
include policy topics such as the international traffic of antiquities,
looting and protecting sites, dam construction and site protection, and
public education about archaeology. There are also sessions on a wide
range of substantive issues such as maritime archaeology, art/iconography
and society, and the politics of conducting archaeology within a community,
a state, a nation, an empire, and on new methodological practices.
Must I be a member of WAC to attend the WAC Congresses and Intercongresses?
No, you don't. However, the cost of registration is
less expensive for members than for non-members. Since
membership in WAC is not expensive, it is more economical
for you to join WAC before WAC Congresses and other
WAC meetings than to pay the non-member rate.