World Archaeological Congress


Newsletter: Volume 27 April 2009

Contributions to the next WAC Newsletter due 18th May 2009

Archaeologists Without Borders Workshop

Report on the website of the World Archaeological Congress

Archaeologies of Art Podcast Series Launched!

Call for WAC members to nominate Indigenous people

World Archaeological Congress honors Larry Zimmerman

Dr Andree Rosenfeld

Recommendation on ERA Draft Quality Ranking

WAC-6 Media Releases

WAC-6 Closing Ceremony Speech

Portuguese WAC-6 Media Releases

German WAC-6 Media Releases

Spanish WAC-6 Media Releases

Turkish WAC-6 Media Releases

Czech. WAC-6 Media Release on Iran



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.