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



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The 6th World Archaeological Congress held in Dublin, Ireland from 29 June to 4 July 2008 will respond to African archaeologists’ call for assistance in obtaining dates for samples to properly delineate the chronological framework of archaeological sites.

“The economic divide between people in different parts of the world impacts upon the ability of archaeologists in Africa to access basic needs, such as dating samples,” said Professor Bayo Folorunso, of Nigeria, Vice-President of the World Archaeological Congress.

“The World Archaeological Congress is committed to scholars from different parts of the world assisting each other,” said Professor Smith, President of the World Archaeological Congress. “Archaeologists from Africa need assistance with obtaining funding to date archaeological samples, and we will assist them. Their work is essential to a nuanced understanding of both regional and global archaeology.”

“However, it is important to remember that these are professional archaeologists who contribute to global archaeology. The World Archaeological Congress is based on reciprocal relationships between equals in order to enhance the intellectual richness of archaeology, not charitable acts from one part of the world to another.”

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Further Information: Professor Claire Smith
Mobile: 0872 698 353 (Ireland)         

The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization and is the only elected international body of practising archaeologists. WAC holds an international congress every four years to promote the exchange of the results of archaeological research; professional training and public education for disadvantaged nations, groups and communities; the empowerment and betterment of Indigenous groups and First Nations peoples; and the conservation of archaeological sites.

The Sixth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6) was held from 29th June—4th July at the University College Dublin. This was the first World Archaeological Congress to be held in Ireland. It was attended by over 1,800 archaeologists, native peoples and international scholars from 74 nations. Motions from the Plenary session of the Congress were considered by subsequent meetings of the World Archaeological Congress Council and Executive.

The Congress Patron for WAC-6 was President Mary McAleese. Previous Congress Patrons include Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Prince Charles and Nelson Mandela.