I am enthusiastic in offering my strong support for the work of the
World Archaeological Congress. I believe that the work of the Congress
in promoting the discussion of archaeological heritage contributes
to the understanding of archaeological issues across the world community.
Its focus on education and research, and on publications presents
extensive opportunities for scholarly study of archaeology. The major
international conferences hosted by WAC also enable the wider community
to engage with relevant issues of conservation of archaeological sites
and study of the past.
I am particularly impressed by the commitment of
WAC members to provide financial support for the education and research
activities of members from developing countries. WAC's role of promoting
archaeology in historical, social and political contexts enhances
the world-wide understanding and debate of who and what matters
in the study of the past.
In providing this commendation, I am aware
that WAC is an organisation that has the capacity to attract wide
international participation. I understand that more than 1200 active
members are involved in some form of activity sponsored by WAC;
whether it be attendance at the four yearly Congress or other international
meetings, contributions to the electronic discussion forums or sharing
research in One world Archaeology or other publications. In its
17-year existence, it is clear that WAC has made a significant contribution
to the international forum of archaeology. I am delighted to sponsor
WAC, and wish all its members well in their endeavours to
promote the study of the past.