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 Professor Michael Day has delivered the inaugural Peter Ucko Lecture in recognition of his significant contributions to world archaeology.

Professor Day was the first President of the World Archaeological Congress.

Professor Day’s lecture focussed on Peter Ucko’s role in the establishment of the World Archaeological Congress, and its subsequent growth and development.

"Professor Day’s support for Peter Ucko and for the notion of a World Archaeological Congress was a critical factor in its establishment and early success," said Professor Claire Smith, President of the World Archaeological Congress.

“While Peter Ucko was a driving force, the establishment of the World Archaeological Congress depended on the commitment and standing of the key people who supported him. Michael Day’s input was critical to its success.”

“Professor Day’s contributions to world archaeology lie not only in his personal services but also in his critical input to the establishement of this group.” The World Archaeological Congress congratulates Professor Day for his many career achievements and hopes that his work continues to inspire new generations of scholars.

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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.