WAC Resolution Concerning International Collaborative Field Schools (adopted at WAC-6 final plenary session on 4 July 2008)

 

CONCERNING international archaeological field schools, that is, where a field school is organized and attended by students from one country, but undertakes an archaeological project in another country.

 

and

 

WHEREAS most international archaeological field schools originate in wealthier countries and frequently conduct their learning in financially disadvantaged countries,

 

and

 

WHEREAS it is the intention of the WAC body to support members and archaeological scholarship in financially disadvantaged areas,

 

and

 

WHEREAS there are many cases where it would not otherwise be possible for LOCAL organizations and communities, including but not limited to universities, avocational organizations, indigenous communities, and schools, to have access to the archaeological knowledge and methodological techniques that are taught at the international field schools,

 

and

 

WHEREAS we believe the participation of LOCAL organizations and communities possessing archaeological knowledge is ethically desirable and to the mutual benefit of all the parties,

 

WE RESOLVE that such international archaeological field schools should aspire to an equal collaboration and fair resource distribution between the visiting project teams and students, and LOCAL organizations and communities.