Press Releases and Statements

MEDIA RELEASE: 22nd June, 2016 PROTECTION OF THE AREA OF KAVO SIDERO IN EAST CRETE 22 June, 2016 The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) expresses its serious concern about the planned building of a Luxury Golf Resort by the Loyalward Ltd, a subsidiary of the British company “Minoan Group”, in the area of Kavo Sidero in East Crete. This area, designated by the European Union as a NATURA 2000 site in need of special protection and […]

Protection of the Area of Kavo Sidero in East Crete

  Media Release: 9 March 2015 PROTECTION OF HERITAGE IN IRAQ   The Executive Committee and members of the World Archaeological Congress (WAC) join other archaeological and cultural heritage organizations in denouncing the recent destruction of ancient artifacts at the Mosul Museum and architecture at Nimrud in Iraq. As noted in the recently published WAC Dead Sea Accord on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, it is a foundational belief […]

WAC Statement on Mosul and Nimrud Destruction

World Archaeological Congress Comments and Suggestions for Additions and Amendments: ‘World Bank Environmental and Social Framework First Draft for Consultation July 30, 2014’ The World Bank has published its policy paper ‘First Draft of Environmental and Social Fraework’ for the purpose of public consultation for the period between July 2014 and early 2015. For more information, see:   The downloadable document can be found at:   The document includes the section entitled: […]

WAC Comments on World Bank Environmental and Social Framework Draft

Position Paper: Excavation of Archaeological Material in the Popular Media Excavating an archaeological site is an unavoidably destructive process. Archaeologists mitigate this destruction through the use of careful excavation techniques, documentation, preservation, and reporting procedures that have been developed over the past century, and are updated as new technologies become available. Procedures include documenting exactly what was done in the field; analyzing and describing in detail all that was found that might be pertinent to […]

Position Paper: Excavation of Archaeological Material in the Popular Media

(Click here for PDF version) World Archaeological Congress, the International Council on Monuments and Sites, the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management, and the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association jointly applaud decision by National Geographic Channel International to pull the “Nazi War Diggers” series. As elected leaders of these global organizations, we were relieved to learn of the decision made by the National Geographic Channel International (NGCI) to “indefinitely” postpone their planned television series titled “Nazi War […]

Media Release 21st May 2014

CALL FOR A HALT TO THE DESTRUCTION OF CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES IN MALI The World Archaeological Congress condemns the current religiously-motivated destruction of World Heritage sites in Timbuktu, Mali. Heritage sites in northern Mali have been placed on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. Historic and spiritual sites in Gao also are under threat. “Mali’s World Heritage sites are great symbols of the country and of significance to the world at large” said Professor […]

Media Release: Call For a Halt to the Destruction of ...

Preamble These resolutions emerge from the Inter-Congress of the World Archaeological Congress “Overcoming Structural Violence,” which was held in Ramallah, Palestine, 8-13 August, 2009. The WAC Executive has acted, and is acting, on these recommendations. Resolution 1 We recognize that the past is a powerful resource for groups in the present. Connections to the past have been used to establish identities and to legitimize claims to land, monuments, and objects. Rival claims have too often […]

Resolutions from World Archaeological Congress Inter-Congress on Structural Violence, Ramallah, ...

A Call to Protect Libyan Antiquities and Cultural Heritage and Economy   We, the presidents of the undersigned cultural organizations, call on the international community to protect the ancient sites and antiquities of Libya, which face very real threats of damage and destruction caused by the civil unrest and military action currently taking place there. The cultural heritage and archaeological resources located in Libya are irreplaceable elements of the world’s shared memory, going back thousands […]

A Call To Protect Libyan Antiquities