World Archaeological Congress


The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) promotes archeological interest in all countries and regions through archaeologists, heritage managers, students, and the public. WAC makes special efforts to ensure countries experiencing economic hardship do not prevent access to archeology research and community. WAC seeks to promote interest in the past in all countries, to encourage the development of regionally-based histories and to foster international academic interaction. Its aims are based on the need to make archaeological studies relevant to the wider community.

Peter Ucko outlines the significance of WAC: “The discipline of archaeology is no longer the exclusive province of white European upper-class men, and there is no going back to a pre-WAC era of exclusionary, hierarchical and scientized knowledge that marginalizes the multivocal archaeology from the peripheries. The question of “who controls the past?” is no longer a conundrum because it must be generally conceded that there are many pasts and they will be known differently from many views” (Reprinted with permission from Gerald Duckworth and Co., Ltd. on the WAC website).

What you’ll find

  • Global Libraries Program, which helps assist archaeological and cultural heritage management students study and work despite economic hardships at their institutions
  • Subsidy information for publication of high quality archaeological research on topics that further the aims of WAC
  • Codes of Ethics, including the Dead Sea Accord and the Vermillion Accord on Human Remains
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