The Executive of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) announces that the Sixth WAC Congress, WAC-6, will be held in Ireland at the the University Colllege Dublin from 29th June – 4 July 2008. WAC-6 will build on the success of previous WAC Congresses in promoting the exchange of results of archaeological research, professional training and public education and the application of scholarship to ensure the conservation of archaeological sites across the world.

Dr Claire Smith, President of WAC, welcomed the outcome of the submission from UCD School of Archaeology: ‘The WAC Executive is delighted that colleagues at UCD are keen to extend the reputation that Ireland has developed in hosting international archaeological conferences in the past few years. We look forward to the opportunity for WAC-6 to bring together WAC members and and a range of participants to engage in discourse about the scientific investigation of the past, ethical archaeological practice and the protection of cultural heritage.’

WAC is committed to diversity and to redressing global inequities in archaeology through conferences, publications and scholarly programs. It has a special interest in protecting the cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples, minorities and peoples from a range of countries. WAC-6 will continue the established practice of previous international congresses in facilitating the participation and empowerment of Indigenous peoples and researchers from economically disadvantaged countries.