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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As you are all aware, the current Coronavirus Pandemic has resulted in strict governmental restrictions to host large gatherings in Prague, and in many other countries. In addition, there are now many global travel restrictions and border closing, as well as movement restrictions within cities and towns. If the current situation extends in time, no Congress or large gathering will be permitted in Prague or elsewhere for an uncertain period of time. Protecting people’s health is now a global priority and it is also our priority.

With much regret, and in response to the recommendation made by the WAC-9 2020 LOC as the result of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the Council of the World Archaeological Congress has unanimously endorse the postponement of the Ninth World Archaeological Congress, which was scheduled to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, between 5 and 10 July 2020.

see the full announcement here

COVID-19 Update

Dear WAC Members,

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global health emergency. As the situation is dynamic and the affected areas continue to shift, we closely watch the medical situation around the globe. We are determined to organize the 9th World Archaeological congress as planned, and the health and safety of our congress participants and the WAC team is our top priority. The Chief Public Health Officer of the Ministry of Health has introduced supportive and control measures at Prague airport and other public areas to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease. We are working on preparing additional safety features at the planned meeting.  We will extend the Early registration deadline in order to offer participants more time to observe and make later travel decisions if the current pressure subsides. We will continue to evaluate the plans, services, and procedures as the situation evolves and will issue further information when necessary or relevant.

Additional Resources

Here are links to recognized public health organizations for fact-based resources and updates on the virus:




June 21, 2019
Theme Abstracts announced. Call for sessions

November 15, 2019
Session submission deadline

January 1, 2020
Session abstracts announced & Call for paper/poster submissions

January 1, 2020
Registration starts

March 21, 2020
Deadline for submissions of individual papers and posters

April 21, 2020
Abstract acceptance/rejection notification to authors

April 24, 2020
Early registration fee deadline

June 19, 2020
Late registration fee deadline

from June 20, 2020
On-site registration fee



POSTERS – No longer a bridesmaid…!

No more carrying the cumbersome tubes with posters, no more pin-pierced fingers, no more printing and wasting paper! The WAC-9 goes digital.

Consider proposing a poster for WAC-9 2020 Prague

  • All poster presentations will be presented digitally on display screens available at the congress venue as well as in the WAC-9 digital application. The latter is an online platform that shall be accessible to registered WAC-9 participants during the congress and for a limited time afterwards.
  • As an advantage, while the oral presentations will be available only for a limited audience, your poster will be accessible throughout the congress to every registered participant.
  • Using the online system, you can compose and design your own poster, uploading texts, graphs, charts, images, links to your published work and even short video sequences.
  • There will be team of specialists ready to offer you technical support.






A word of welcome from the President of the World Archaeological Congress

Nowadays, it is a truism to say that the world is in crisis, and the discipline of archaeology, firmly situated in the contemporary world, is meant to be in crisis, too. However, it is not necessarily the case; in reaction to the relentless expansion of hyper-capitalist economy-led globalization and the exacerbation of postcolonial problems, Archaeology with Capital A has been reorganizing itself by proactively ‘localizing’ itself into an increasing number of ‘archaeologies’ differentiated along issues concerning inequality, discrimination, injustices, destruction of cultural heritage and identities, and infringement of basic human rights generated by the deepening crisis.

World Archaeological Congress was founded in 1986, when problems generated and exacerbated by the crisis began to be felt as something which we the citizens of the world, including archaeologists, could no longer ignore. The accelerating pace of globalization on one hand was intensifying inequality and discrimination and on the other hand raising global awareness of human sufferings. Our global archaeological community, the World Archaeological Congress, or ‘WAC’, was formed specifically in line with the UN condemnation of the then apartheid regime of the Republic of South Africa. However, retrospectively, the birth of WAC can be recognized to have been a part of the global movement responding to rising problems that the hyper capitalism and globalization led to.

33 years on, the situation remains to be critical. In some ways, problems have been deepened. Widening economic, social, cultural and political gaps and inequalities within and between human groups and communities of all kinds, ranging from individual families, genders, various communities, countries, to global regions, are destabilizing our ontological security, fueling hatred, and resulting in all sorts of extremism. Unchecked exploitation of natural resources, not sufficiently regulated industrial productions, and the endless march of irresponsible consumerism are threatening the survival of living species, including human being.

What can we do? I would like to say we can do a lot. The ideals, causes and objectives of WAC, many of which were regarded as irrelevant to archaeology when it was founded back in 1986, have now firmly become common principles to be complied with and drawn upon in doing good archaeologies. Locally-rooted archaeological practices are increasingly involved in proactive movements to protect local heritage, local environment and local identities. And, such local movements are increasingly situated in global movements to protect the wellbeing of our lived world.

Prague is a fitting place for us to gather, examine how far we have come, and together think and imagine which directions we shall move and what we will be able to do for the betterment of archaeologies and betterment of the world; Prague has witnessed many human struggles and endeavors to protect and further human freedom and basic human rights, some of which were defeated and some of which were won.

Looking forward to meeting you in Prague in the next Summer, and sharing our ideas, imaginations and dreams for the futures of archaeologies!

Koji Mizoguchi
President of the World Archaeological Congress



Welcome Address from the WAC-9 Academic Secretary

Dear Colleagues worldwide!

34 years after its birth in Southampton as a highly influential world organization, the World Archaeological Congress is coming back to Europe. Prague has always been a cultural and multilingual crossroads of Central Europe. The atmospheric streets of Prague hide amazing subterranean relics of the medieval city which are very attractive to visitors to explore. The Czech Capital is the city of St. Wenceslaus, the city of Franz Kafka and of Václav Havel.

Prague is once again becoming such a crossroads as a forum for discussion for anyone who is concerned with the study of archaeology and world heritage.

WAC is open to archaeologists of all countries, encouraging the development of regionally-based histories and maintaining the international academic discourse within the worldwide community.

This special event offers you the opportunity to share the results of your research. It mediates discussion on professional training and public education for disadvantaged nations, groups and communities. The voices of representatives of different Indigenous groups will be welcomed. We will also discuss the role of archaeology and the state of world heritage in the current globalized world.

Make your research visible worldwide: come to Prague 5th to 10th July 2020!

We look forward to welcoming you in the heart of Europe.

Yours Sincerely

Jan Turek
WAC-9 Academic Secretary






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