As we go to press, final arrangements are being made to hold the next World Archaeological Congress in Washington D.C.. The likely timing is mid-June 2003 but the meeting may still be moved to August 2003.

It will be at Catholic University, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and Flinders University of South Australia. The location of the congress at Catholic U. puts it directly on the city’s metro (subway) line and allows delegates the freedom to travel around the city with great ease.

Joan Gero is WAC’s Senior North American Representative and principal negotiator on the congress planning team. She reports that there is much enthusiasm for the congress in Washington, including from many of the embassies, which are promising to hold receptions for delegates, and from such agencies as the U.S. National Park Service. In addition, the organizers are hoping the congress will be sponsored by the Consortium of Universities of the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area but that is not final

WAC5 promises to be very exciting, so start planning your sessions now! The first official mailing is planned to go out early in 2001.

WAC InterCongress on Indigenous Issues and Archaeology

World Indigenous Heritage – Agenda for a New Millenium

Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand . 5th–9th December 2001

Planning for this intercongress is underway and the first announcement is due out soon. The gathering is being organized by members of the Indigenous Executive Committee of WAC. The Chairperson of the Committee, Hirini Matunga (NZ Maori), and Secretary, Lyndon Ormond-Parker (Aboriginal Australian), met recently to flesh out more of the detail. While Lyndon was in New Zealand they took the opportunity to meet with representatives of Te Papa Tongarewa (New Zealand’s new national museum) and local UNESCO representatives to discuss the programme, funding, alliances and so on.

The aim is to have a three day workshop for indigenous peoples, and to develop an agenda around key themes for indigenous heritage. This will be followed by a two day academic conference to discuss with the wider academic, archeological community et al, mechanisms/approaches and frameworks for integrating, support, mutual dialogue. The aim is to workshop key issues, develop a practical agenda to protect and enhance indigenous heritage and to foster dialogue with archaeologists, heritage managers, planners and others, around these themes.

The website for the intercongress will be working in early November at http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/search/?q=emd+groups+cmipd+wac Any enquires can also be addressed to the Brenda Kingi, Secretary of the Organising Committee, at kingib@lincoln.ac.nz or Centre for Maori and Indigenous Planning and Development, PO Box 84, Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand tel.(+64 3) 3252811 (Phone) or fax (+64 3) 3253817.

The First International Meeting on Theory in South American Archaeology was held in Vitória, Brazil, in April 1998, co-sponsored by the World Archaeological Congress. The proceedings have been published by the Archaeological and Ethnological Museum at São Paulo University. Details are at the end of this issue of the Bulletin.

The Second International Meeting on Theory in South American Archaeology, being run as a WAC InterCongress, was underway in Olavarria, Argentina, as we went to press.

WAC InterCongress on the African Diaspora The Executive agreed to hold this meeting between 23 and 29 April 2001 on the island of Curacao in the Caribbean. Details are at the end of WAB 11.