Fifth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-5)

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The Fifth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-5) was held in Washington, D.C., in June 2003. It was attended by around 1,100 scholars. It was held in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of the American Indian and in collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute. Congress Patron: Harriet Mayor Fulbright. Congress President: Richard West. Academic Secretary: Joan Gero. Deputy Academic Secretary: Claire Smith

The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) is the only representative world-wide body of practicing archaeologists; it supports open dialog with all people genuinely concerned about the past. WAC holds an international congress every four years to promote the exchange of the results of archaeological research; professional training and public education for disadvantaged nations, groups and communities; the empowerment and betterment of Indigenous groups and First Nations peoples; and the conservation of archaeological sites. WAC congresses have been held in England, Venezuela, India, South Africa, the USA, Ireland, Jordan and Japan.
Period21 Jun 200326 Jun 2003
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational