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 World Archaeological Congress is pleased to announce that Larry J. Zimmerman has been awarded the inaugural Peter Ucko Memorial Award in recognition of his significant contributions to world archaeology. Zimmerman was nominated by four colleagues, Joe Watkins, Sonya Atalay, Mike Wilcox and Dorothy Lippert, all of whom are Native American archaeologists. Lippert serves as the Indigenous Representative to the WAC Executive and read the announcement of the Award at the 6th World Archaeological Congress held June 29-July 4 in Dublin, Ireland.

"Larry Zimmerman's work in archaeology paved the way for a generation of Native Americans to believe that we could join this profession without having to sacrifice our deeply held moral beliefs about our rights and responsibilities as Indigenous peoples" said Lippert.

The nomination letter noted that most, if not all, Native American archaeologists have a story to tell about how a publication of Zimmerman's changed their thinking about American archaeology.

The nomination quoted an unnamed scholar, "As a Native undergrad who did not see archaeologists reaching out to the Native population, the actions and writings of Larry inspired me to think that I could participate in the discipline and have my voice heard."

The World Archaeological Congress congratulates Dr. Zimmerman for this achievement and hopes that his work continues to inspire new generations of scholars. "While we will always miss the inspiration of Peter Ucko, we are pleased that his name will be associated with the best of world archaeology," said Claire Smith, President of the World Archaeological Congress.

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Further Information: 

Professor Claire Smith
Mobile: 0872 698 353 (Ireland)         

Dr Dorothy Lippert
Indigenous representative on Executive

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 Juneó4th 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.