Returning to Europe after fourteen years
The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) returned to Europe after fourteen years, directly to the capital of the Czech Republic. Prague had the honour of hosting this world-renowned congress at the beginning of July. The World Archaeological Congress has been held regularly every four years since 1986. However, the original date of the ninth edition was postponed twice until this year in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The world archaeological community gathered for six days at CUBEX Centre Prague, and those who could not come to Prague in person had the opportunity to join remotely via the Zoom virtual platform, thanks to the hybrid form of the congress.
The professional program consisted of seven blocks, which included 21 topics, including:
– World archaeology: past, present and future
– Archeology of identity
– Community approaches to archaeology and heritage conservation
– Global perspectives on rock art
– Climate change and environmental past etc.
The congress was opened on Sunday with a ceremony, followed by a reception with a toast. The following days were devoted to expert lectures and four plenary sessions.
A total of 630 participants from 70 countries took part in the congress. The United States of America, Japan, India, Great Britain and Germany had the widest representation.
Source: Guarant International