WAC 8 Announcement PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 20:19

The Eighth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-8) will be held in Kyoto, Japan.

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Visit the official WAC-8 website!


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WAC Inter-Congress Rome PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:07

During the conference "Culture Under Threat: The future of the 1954 Hague Convention" there will be discussions about the proposed WAC Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. Image credit: Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 June 2014 10:17
Congresses PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:00

WAC International Congresses are held every four years. The Congresses offer an extensive range of opportunities for discussion of the results of new archaeological research. Sessions also focus on contemporary archaeological practice and political matters with opportunities for participants to share strategies of stewardship and develop inclusive policies. Congresses are open to both members and non-members.

The Sixth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6) was held in Ireland at the University College Dublin from 29th June - 4 July 2008. It was attended by over 1,800 archaeologists from some 75 countries. WAC supported the attendance of around 230 participants from Indigenous groups and economically disadvantaged countries.

The Seventh World Archaeological Congress (WAC-7) was held in Jordan on the Dead Sea in January, 2013. For more information visit the WAC-7 website.

The WAC-7 Program is now available for download. This is the printed program from the WAC-7 Congress, including the abstracts of individual presentations listed in alphabetical order at the back of the program.

A number of important resolutions were passed at WAC-7 and approved by the WAC Executive. Click here for more information.

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WAC-7 Resolutions PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 March 2014 20:48

WAC-7 concluded on 18 January 2013 with the ever-exciting and engaging Plenary Session, a general business meeting at the end of every major WAC Congress that presents, for consideration by the WAC Council and Executive, matters arising from the academic proceedings. Professor Peter Stone, the 2013 recipient of the Peter Ucko Memorial Award, chaired the WAC-7 Plenary, which was attended by over 100 participants.


In total, 14 resolutions were brought to the Plenary. The topics of resolutions ranged widely, reflecting the missions and interests of WAC, the diverse themes of WAC-7, and pressing concerns in the world of archaeology and cultural heritage today. After more than two hours of debate, nine resolutions were passed by a show of hands of attendants of the Plenary. As the Plenary is not an official decision making body of WAC, all resolutions passed were sent to the Council and Executive for consideration, so that they might be adopted as WAC initiatives or policy.


Below, you will find a list of formally approved WAC-7 resolutions – this list will be updated as additional resolutions are discussed by the Executive.


Resolution concerning the relationship of archaeology and archaeologists with extant custodial and affiliated communities

--Proposed by Neel Kamal Chapagain (Nepal) and Michael J Kimball (USA), and derived from a WAC-7 session titled “The Past is Living in the Present.”


The archaeological community increasingly engages with local communities through research and educational activities including public outreach. The World Archaeological Congress supports works presented at various sessions of WAC-7 in Jordan, as well as and institutional attempts such as ICCROM’s Living Heritage Approach, which exemplifies principles, methods, and theoretical frameworks for properly valuing and engaging with unique world views and knowledges possessed by local communities. These approaches illustrate the vital importance to custodial communities of such world views and knowledges. In recognition of this, WAC encourages systematic efforts to develop a scholarship of community engaged archaeology through which such work can be documented, problematized, and improved with the goal of achieving holistic knowledge, participatory research, sustainable community development and management of archaeological heritage.


Last Updated on Friday, 14 March 2014 20:51
Inter-Congresses PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 February 2014 00:00

If you wish to propose an Inter-Congress at your affiliated institution, please notify any member of the WAC Executive.  For consideration for WAC funding, the proposal needs to reach the WAC Executive by January of the previous year of the proposed Inter-Congress.  For example, you need to submit a proposal of an Inter-Congress to be held in the year 2012 by January 2011.  Please note that you need to be a WAC member to propose an Inter-Congress.

Guidelines for preparing a proposal for a World Archaeological Congress Inter-Congress (PDF)

Inter-Congresses are held between the major International Congresses convened by WAC every four years. Inter-Congresses bring together archaeologists to explore issues of interest. They are organised by members of WAC regional electoral colleges.

Recent WAC Inter-Congresses:


Last Updated on Friday, 14 February 2014 22:58
Archaeology in Conflict - Vienna, Austria, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 February 2014 00:00

For more information on the Vienna Inter-Congress, visit: or read portions of the proceedings at under "Ausgabe 55/VI/2010"

Report: WAC Inter-Congress Vienna: Archaeology in Conflict

The WAC Inter-Congress "Archaeology in Conflict," held in Vienna in April 2010, originated in the 6th World Archaeological Congress (WAC) which was held in Ireland at the University College Dublin (UCD) in July 2008. In three academic sessions the issue of archaeology and war was discussed most controversially. One was entitled "Archaeologists, War and Conflict: Ethics, Politics, Responsibility" and plead more or less for a boycott of the military by the scientific community. The second one, "Working with the Military: Not Evil, Just Necessary" did the opposite. The third one, "Archaeology in the Context of War" focused on legal and systematic issues. The hot topic even caused a local anarchic movement to utter immediate threats against the conference and its participants and the UCD felt it was necessary to ensure protection. As a consequence thereof uniformed police personnel were present during part of the conference. This fact triggered even more discussion during the final general assembly of the congress which by tradition is the closing forum of every WAC allowing its members and participants to discuss imminent issues and bring draft resolutions before the assembled audience and the WAC board. In the course of this assembly, I suggested to organize a WAC Inter-Congress (WAC IC) that would specifically deal with the issue of archaeology and war/military, explore the status quo and collect data that would serve as a basis for further decision making.

Before the WAC IC in Vienna was to take place another important event was already scheduled: the WAC IC in Ramallah in August 2009. This conference rooted in the 5th WAC which was held in Washington in 2003. One of the experiences of this WAC had been that many archaeologists from various countries around the world were hindered to attend a conference in the western part of the world due to political reasons and were denied visa. The WAC IC in Ramallah was held in Palestine largely because Palestinian people have great difficulties obtaining visas to many countries including the USA or countries in the EU. The fact alone that WAC powered an IC in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, but also the point that representatives from the Israel Antiquities Authority were not explicitly and directly invited to this event by its organizers, triggered off harsh critique from Israeli officials as well as the media resulting in the false accusation that Israeli and Jewish archaeologist were intentionally excluded from this event and that the whole conference was an anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic undertaking.

The WAC IC in Vienna was designed to finally overcome all these resentments. It was the intension to bring together people from all kinds of conflict zones as well as from all sectors actively involved: academia, NGOs, the military, law enforcement agencies, public service etc. For this reason I decided to broaden the organizational basis of the conference and to invite Blue Shield to power the event together with WAC. Also the venue, the Tech Gate within the so called UNO-City, the area were the UN office building in Vienna is located, was chosen to stress the neutrality of the meeting. And the patronage of UNESCO was well as the Austrian Commission for UNESCO, for which we feel very grateful and honoured, served the same purpose to guarantee a broad and neutral basis for discussions.

The WAC IC in Vienna was planned to hold approximately 20 papers covering all aspects under discussion. In the end we received about 100 proposals. Since most of them were excellent, we accepted about 80 changing the nature of the conference completely; it was in the end a series of short presentations of 15 minutes each. One remarkable element was the rather high number of junior scholars presenting their work in progress including the "Next Generation Project" on Facebook. The highlight of the conference was our participation in the speech of the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, in the Austrian Parliament on the occasion of his state visit to Austria. Unfortunately, the WAC IC in Vienna also came to suffer under the fact that several registered experts and in particular some junior scholars in the end were not able to travel to Austria, either due to political (visa) or out of financial reasons. Nevertheless, the conference was very successful - in quality and also in quantity with the highest number of participants as well as papers delivered ever at a WAC IC. All speakers were invited to submit their papers for publication in the "Forum Archaeologiae" and about one third did so, which I am very grateful for.

This is also the place to thank all colleagues who have made this success possible: all the participants,  my co-organizer Magnus Bernhardsson, professor at the University of Iceland and the Williams College, Claire Smith, the past-president of WAC, and all her colleagues from the Executive Committee, Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen, the president of the "Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield", and all his colleagues from the board, Leylya Strobl, director of the Austrian Roerich Society, and all the Roerich delegates from around the world, Norbert Fürstenhofer, president of the Austrian Society for the Protection of Cultural Property, and his executive board, our host Michael Pfeifer, the General Secretary of the "Foreign Policy and United Nations Association of Austria", and his team of students, the representatives of the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs, the staff of the Tech Gate Vienna in the UNO-City, the staff of Austropa Interconvention, and last but not least Elisabeth Trinkl, the editor of "Forum Archaeologiae," who aided in publishing portions of the proceedings of the Inter-Congress.

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