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8th World Archaeological Congress WAC8

Kyoto, 26, Japan
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The Eighth World Archaeological Congress (WAC8) will be held from 28 August to 2 September 2016 in Kyoto, Japan.

WAC Congresses are organized around overarching themes, each of which contains multiple archaeological sessions that relate to the same overall issue. Sessions can be proposed under themes, and individual contributions (papers, posters) can be proposed for approved sessions, or independently, to be placed into the program as it develops.

The detailed schedule for submissions will be announced on the WAC-8 websites and


The themes that will be addressed include topics such as:

1. Archaeology and Development

2. Art and Archaeology

3. Politics

4. Theory for the Future

5. Comparative archaeologies in the Globalized World

6. Science and Archaeology

7. Regional Archaeologies in the Globalized World

8. Interactions

9. Education: Learning and Unlearning

10. The Public, Heritage and Museums

11. Religion and Spirituality

12. The Archaeology of Disaster: exploring the past for the future

13. Post-colonial Experiences, Archaeological Practice and Indigenous Archaeologies

14. Archaeological Ethics: Where Are We Now?

15. War and Conflict

16. Other Important Topics: understanding and explaining the past


Call for papers has closed.

Online registration is open until 10 August 2016:


PAGES-related session

LandCover6k: Session T10. Science and Archaeology on "Holocene Land Use: A Critical Evaluation for Understanding the History of Human Land Use Dynamics"

Contact person: Marco Madella (marco[dot]madella[at]upf[dot]edu)

The aim of this session is to address changes in land cover across the globe and to disentangle changes induced by climate (or other &natural* forces) and by human land-use practices. Archeologists have argued that land-cover changes due to anthropogenic land use are very old, dating to periods well before the beginnings of agriculture. While these are dated to ca. 6000 calendar years BP in Europe, farming is significantly older in many other parts of the world.

In this session we intend to bring together archeologists with an interest on land use and land cover over the Holocene from any area or region of the world. As we will take a global perspective, we expect diverse regional land use and subsistence practices to be explored: from hunter-gatherer manipulation of vegetation to farming and other historical transitions, such as industrialization.

Papers that synthesize understanding of subsidence practices and their implications for land usage are welcomed. We are particularly interested in receiving papers addressing these issues through an interdisciplinary approach and broad chronological perspective.