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Gero, Joan Margaret

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Conference & Workshop Grant
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American U.
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Gero, Dr. Joan, American U., Washington, DC - To aid fifth World Archaeological Congress, 2003, American U.

'The Fifth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-5),' June 21-26, 2003, Washington, DC -- Organizer: Dr. Joan Gero (American University). The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) was founded in 1985 as the only representative, fully international organization of practicing archaeologists. Since then, WAC has held an international congress every four years to discuss new archaeological research as well as archaeological policy, practice, and politics. After meeting in Britain, Venezuela, India and South Africa, the fifth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-5) was held in Washington, D.C. from June 21 - 26th, 2003. More than 1100 people attended, representing 77 different countries and tribal nations. The four-day program was convened in 23 concurrently running sessions that totaled some 1400 presentations (since some people offered more than one presentation). Topics under discussion varied widely, from regional sessions dedicated to presentations of new research within a specific geographic region, to reflective theoretical discussions about such ideas as how decision making in fieldwork affects what we know about the past. Underwater archaeology, the management of public archaeological sites, use of remote sensing techniques, ancient systems of astronomy, and women's roles in hide preparation were all large and popular topics. At the same time, many native, indigenous, and tribal people attended in order to bring their minority voices to the discussion. Approximately 350 of the participants received some financial support towards their attendance, all of them from low-income countries or Native/aboriginal settlements. Of these, 27 were supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. In addition, Wenner-Gren provided an important workshop for international participants on the topic of securing research funds from North American sources.