WAC-5 is the first full World Archaeological Congress to be held in North America. The Patron for WAC-5 is Harriet Mayor Fulbright, and the President is Richard West, Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.

WAC-5 will be held at The Catholic University of America, centrally located in northeast Washington DC, and easily accessible to the rest of the city and surroundings by Metrorail. Participants may register as congress “residents”, using double-occupancy dorm rooms at Catholic U., or they may select housing from the many hotels and motels in Washington, D.C.

WAC-5 is scheduled for Saturday, June 21st through Thursday, June 26th, 2003. The congress will open on Saturday afternoon, June 21st. Symposia will run all day Sunday and Monday, June 22nd and June 23rd; Tuesday, June 24th will be an open day, featuring tours or free time for sightseeing, research, library visits and so on. Symposia will resume on Wednesday and Thursday, with a closing plenary session on Thursday afternoon, June 26th. Additional workshops and events may spill over onto Friday, June 27th, 2003.

WAC-5 will be held in partnership with the Anthropology Department of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Pre-registered participants may sign up (in limited numbers) for behind-the-scene tours of facilities or collections. Pre-registered participants may also sign up for workshops on conservation and/or collections management. All participants will be guests at a reception in the Smithsonian Institution’s Natural History museum rotunda.

WAC-5 registration is available at member and non‑member rates. Registration will cover conference materials, lunches for four days, a welcoming reception at Catholic U., a Smithsonian evening reception, and an evening of embassy receptions throughout Washington, D.C. Pre- and post-congress tours will be organized to visit important local and national archaeological sites.

WAC-5 themes will be finalized around three 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, artefacts and intellectual property.
theoretical frontiers and research results with relevance across tribal and national boundaries.
Some specific WAC-5 themes are already emerging; other symposia will be proposed by participants. Ideally, symposia will all include participants from different nations. Selected sessions at WAC-5 will be simultaneously translated into Spanish, French and Russian. Current suggestions include (but are not limited to):

Keeping the Trust: Conservation & Data Management
Community Archaeologies
Consequences of Environmental Change
Indigenous Arrivals and First Peoples
Archaeology for Social Justice
Public Archaeology
Archaeology of Recent Time
The Politics of Representation: Iconography and Design
Social Identities in the Past: Gender, Age, Ethnicity, Class
Material Matters: Effective Technologies, Then and Now
Archaeology in Practice
Archaeology and Cultural Diversity
Maritime Archaeology
TO LEARN MORE, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE: http://www.american.edu/wac5

We currently have bids from the Caribbean and Australasia to host WAC-6.

WAC InterCongress on Indigenous Issues and Archaeology

World Indigenous Heritage – Agenda for a New Millennium
Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand.
5th–9th December 2001

Any enquires can also be addressed to the Brenda Kingi, Secretary of the Organising Committee, at kingib@lincoln.ac.nz


Centre for Maori and Indigenous Planning and Development, PO Box 84,
Lincoln University,
New Zealand
tel.(+64 3) 3252811
fax (+64 3) 3253817