Ian Lilley

George Abungu

Early this year, we received news that George Abungu (nmk@form-net.com) has been promoted to Director-General of the National Museums of Kenya. This is great news for archaeology in Africa. Belated congratulations, George! Reader should visit the National Museums of Kenya web pages at

Ethics and hominid remains

As reported by the Journal of Human Evolution 36(4):459 in April 1999, the Permanent Council of the UNESCO-affiliated International Association for the Study of Human Palaeontology adopted a resolution stating:

that replicas of hominid fossils rather than the originals are used for public display, and
that original hominid fossils should be left in their country of origin unless it is demonstrably impossible for a proposed scientific study to proceed on that basis.
The journal notes that correspondence regarding this matter should be addressed to Giacomo Giacobini (Secretary General), Department of Anatomy, Pharmacology and Legal Medicine, University of Turin, 52 Corso M. d’Azeglio, 10126 Turin, Italy.

(Email giacomo.giacobini@unito.it)

From the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology

WAC’s Secretary, Lesley Sutty, is also Secretary of the IACA., and in that capacity has provided the following advice. The Association publishes a newsletter in May and November each year and stages a biennial congress, most recently in July 1999. A working group established in 1995 to identify ways in which the Association can play an active role in the region has identified a number of priorities. The one of greatest interest to WAC members is the highest on the list: to advise on local legislation and regional policy in relation to the “needs of archaeological heritage, economic development and tourism”. Those interested should contact Lesley (address in this issue) or P. Harris, 2230 NW 51st Terrace, Gainsville, FL 32605 USA (Email: pharris@flmnh.ufl.edu). Those interested in membership (US$20/year) should contact Miguel Rodriguez (President IACA), Centro de Estudios Avanzandos de Puerto Rico y el Caribe, PO Box 9023970, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00902.


The Union of Pre- and Protohistoric Sciences, from which WAC split in the early 1980s over the issue of South African participation, is holding its 14th Congress in Liège, Belgium, in September 2001. Preliminary registration forms are available. Consult www.ulg.ac.be/prehist/, or contact Marcel Otte, Service de Préhistoire, Université de Liège 7, place du XX Août, bât A1, B-4000 Liège, Belgium (Email prehist@ulg.ac.be).

European Association of Archaeologists

The Fifth Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists will be held in the UK at Bournemouth University from 14th – 19th September 1999. Preparations for the meeting are progressing well. There are now over 60 planned academic sessions, a full range of social activities, excursions and a major exhibition. Full details of the meeting and a registration form are available at: http://web.archive.org/web/20040414061823/http://csweb.bournemouth.ac.uk:80/consci/eaa99/ or contact EAA99 Meeting Secretariat, School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB, United Kingdom (Email eaa99@bournemouth.ac.uk).

Mesolithic Scotland

A major conference is to be held in Edinburgh, 5-7 November
1999, on Mesolithic Scotland: the early Holocene prehistory of Scotland and its European context. This conference is organized by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, in conjunction with the National Museums of Scotland and the Prehistoric
Society. For further details, accommodation advice, and an application form, please contact: The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (Mesolithic Scotland Conference), Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, Scotland, UK (Fax: 0131 247 4163 or Email:j.rowan@nms.ac.uk or f.ashmore@nms.ac.uk) Tel: 0131 247 4054; Fax: 0131 247 4060; Email: as@nms.ac.uk


Information about the 1999 meeting of the Theoretical Archaeology Group is at: . The deadline for papers is 30th June [sorry…Ed.]. Any queries about the conference can be made by emailing the organisers (tag99@cardiff.ac.uk) or by writing to the TAG 99 Organising Committee, c/o HISAR, Cardiff University, PO Box 909, Cardiff CF1 3XU, Wales, UK.


COMMISSION OF THE HOLOCENE Meeting 27. 3. – 31. 3. 2000 Seville (Spain). First Circular and Call for Papers. The meeting will be organized under the topic :Environmental changes in Holocene Sequences.-Methods, processes and correlations. We invite applications for papers and posters on geo-pedological, sedimentological and geographical indicators, case studies and developments in paleogeographical reconstructions. Communications will be up to 20 minutes allowing for 5 minutes discussion. Official languages are English, French and Spanish. For further information contact Ana I. Porras, Secretary of the Meeting, Dept. Physical Geography, University of Seville, Tel. +34 954.551.377, Fax +34 954556988 E-mail: anapc@arrakis.es


The Northern Heritage Network will host a Cultural Heritage Management Conference at Southern Cross University in Lismore on the 11th & 12th of November 1999. The theme of the Conference is “Heritage Landscapes: Understanding Place & Communities”. The conference will explore the possibilities provided by the construct of landscape and its use in the practice of heritage management, at both local and regional levels. To be put on the mailing list for further information and for enquires regarding paper, poster and field workshop presentations contact : Ms Maria Cotter, School of Resource Science & Management, PO Box 157, Lismore, NSW, Australia 2480. Tel +61 2 6624 5227 Fax: +61 2 6621 2669 Email: mcotter@scu.edu.au