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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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March 06th 2013:The Mission of Major Archaeological Organizations: World Archaeological Congress (WAC)

Archaeological organizations not only provide a sense of community and broad exchange forums for professional archaeologists, but they also play major role in promoting the message of archaeology to the lay community. The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) is perhaps the most inclusive and extensive organization of its kind in the world. A critical component that surfaces in the WAC’s various venues is the range of geo-political themes that emerge as professionals from a variety of archaeological backgrounds exchange their ideas on the profession’s aspirations and missions. This week we bring

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Dr. Anne Pyburn

Dr. Anne Pyburn is a professor in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University. She studies ancient Maya cities and the ethics of heritage conservation. Pyburn has directed major excavations of three ancient Maya cities in Central America, where she discovered a previously unknown style of water conservation and irrigation technology, developed a new perspective on ancient political economy, and has proposed an alternative explanation for the Maya "collapse." Most recently she has collaborated with colleagues in Central Asia promoting grassroots development of projects for cultural preservation. Through her work she has inspired students, intro
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Dr. Claire Smith

Dr. Claire Smith is President of the World Archaeological Congress and Professor at Flinders University, Australia. She received her PhD in archaeology at the University of New England in 1996. She is the recipient of Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, held a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum for Natural History and was a visiting scholar at universities in South Africa and the USA, including Columbia University, New York. Claire authored, co-authored and co-edited nine books and more than 40 refereed articles in English, Spanish, Catalan and Japanese. Her research interests include the impact of the Northern Territory Emerge
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