The Fifth World Archaeological Congress Convening for the first time in North America
Washington, D.C. June 21 - 26, 2003
For the first time in North America the only worldwide representative organization in archaeology will bring an estimated 1,000 archaeologists, native people and international scholars to Washington, D.C. for the Fifth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-5) at the Catholic University of America June 21 - 26 2003.
At WAC-5 participants from over 30 countries will discuss a wide range of issues critical to the future of archaeology. As an organization dedicated to encouraging an open dialog between archaeologists and others genuinely concerned about the past, including native people and First Nations people, WAC-5 provides a unique opportunity to discuss promoting the empowerment and betterment of indigenous peoples and professional training for traditionally underrepresented groups.
WAC-5 will also feature global perspectives on issues such as archaeology and war, archaeological conservation, academic progress and scientific technique, stewardship and preservation, and much, much more.
WAC-5 themes will be finalized around three general areas:
Programmatic/policy issues concerning corrections and future directions in the practice of global archaeology.
Practical/technical knowledge to increase self-reliance and responsibility in protecting sites, artifacts and intellectual property.
Theoretical frontiers and research results with relevance across tribal and national boundaries.
WAC-5 is being held in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History & National Museum of the American Indian and in collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute.
A complete schedule of the conference, including speakers, session abstracts and registration information is available at: www.american.edu/wac5.