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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

 

 


WAC-6 MEDIA RELEASES - 14th July 2008

 (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)

ARCHAEOLOGICAL PEACE PARK

The World Archaeological Congress endorses the international effort to create the first Archaeological Peace Park at El Pilar Belize/ Guatemala.

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CULTURAL HERITAGE THREATENED BY GLOBALISATION

The World Archaeological Congress calls on those responsible for rural development policies and programmes to integrate cultural heritage concerns into their decision-making processes.

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CALL FOR JOINT MANAGEMENT OF WILLANDRA LAKES WORLD HERITAGE AREA, AUSTRALIA

The World Archaeological Congress calls on all relevant agencies and stakeholders to affirm and ensure meaningful joint management of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area in Australia with traditional Tribal Groups of the region.

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CALL FOR INDIGENOUS CO-MANAGEMENT OF QUILMES RUINS, ARGENTINA

The World Archaeological Congress supports the Indigenous community of Quilmes regarding the protection and management of the sacred site known as Quilmes’ Ruins.

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UNDERWATER CULTURAL HERITAGE CONVENTION NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED

The World Archaeological Congress expresses its appreciation for, and recognition of, the first 17 nations to ratify the UNESCO convention on the protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001) and its Annex.

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MORE EQUITY NEEDED IN INTERNATIONAL FIELD SCHOOLS

The World Archaeological Congress calls for international archaeological field schools to aspire to an equal collaboration and fair resource distribution between visiting project teams and students, and local organizations.

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TARA’S WORLD HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE

Following the largest ever international gathering of archaeologists in Dublin, Ireland, the World Archaeological Congress has released a statement expressing its opposition to any further development alongside the new stretch of motorway in the wider landscape zone surrounding the historical site of Tara in Co Meath, Ireland.

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KEY JAPANESE MUSEUMS UNDER THREAT

The World Archaeological Congress expressed dismay on hearing that the Osaka prefectural museums are likely to be closed or subject to severe budget slashes. “Japan has some of the best cultural heritage protection measures in the world, and some of the most outstanding museums,” said Professor Claire Smith, President of the World Archaeological Congress.

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ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST OUTDOOR ROCK ENGRAVING SITES UNDER THREAT

The World Archaeological Congress calls on the Australian Government and Western Australian Government to protect rock art and standing stones threatened by industrial and other development within the Dampier Archipelago and wider Pilbara region of Western Australia.

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ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN WORKING GROUP ON ARCHAEOLOGY

The World Archaeological Congress endorses the agreement on archaeological heritage reached by the Israeli-Palestinian Working Group on Archaeology.

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GETTY APPLAUDED FOR BACKING PHILADELPHIA RESOLUTION

The World Archaeological Congress salutes the Getty Museum’s recent adoption of the Philadelphia Resolution that collectors and museums should not acquire or accept antiquities without documentary proof that they were known and published or documented prior to UNESCO’s 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property was adopted.

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CULTURAL HERITAGE IN IRAN UNDER THREAT

The World Archaeological Congress expresses its strong opposition to aggressive military action (including air strikes) against Iran by the US government, or by any other government.

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EXPULSION OF INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES DEPLORED

The World Archaeological Congress expresses its concern over the situation of Lagunita Salada, Gorro Frigio and Cerro Bayo (Chubut Province, Argentinean Patagonia) where Mapuche-Tehuelche communities are being expelled from their territories on the basis of a contested archaeological report which states that these people are "foreign" to these lands.

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DIGITAL DIVIDE NEEDS BRIDGING

The World Archaeological Congress stresses the need for institutions and individuals to provide free or at cost access to their digital and technical resources and skills in order to foster development of transformative global access and capacities.

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WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY DAY

The World Archaeological Congress calls upon UNESCO to declare a World Archaeology Day.

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POLITICAL VIOLENCE THREATENS ZIMBABWE’S UNIQUE CULTURAL HERITAGE

The 6th World Archaeological Congress held in Dublin, Ireland from 29 June to 4 July 2008 noted with great concern the current political situation in Zimbabwe.

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AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGISTS CALL FOR DATING ASSISTANCE

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.

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SCIENTISTS SUPPORT INDIGENOUS RIGHTS TO CULTURAL HERITAGE

The World Archaeological Congress notes its strong support for the rights of Indigenous peoples with regard to Indigenous cultural heritage. In accordance with its Code of Ethics, the Vermillion Accord, and the Tamaki-Makau-rau Accord, WAC actively supports Indigenous communities in their efforts to make and negotiate repatriation claims.

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LARRY ZIMMERMAN WINS INAUGURAL PETER UCKO MEMORIAL AWARD

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.

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MICHAEL DAY DELIVERS INAUGURAL PETER UCKO MEMORIAL LECTURE

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.

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ETHICAL FUNDING A DILEMMA FOR GLOBAL ORGANISATION

The issue of ethical funding was a hot topic during the Sixth World Archaeological Congress in Dublin, which hosted 1,800 archaeologists, the largest ever international gathering of archaeologists in Ireland.

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