Invited Speakers



Registration deadline:

September 15

Conference dates:

October 20-23

Registration Fees

Foreign participants from developed countries: $175

Participants from China: $60

Foreign participants from developing countries: $60

Students from developed countries: $60 (with photocopy of University ID)

Students from developing countries: $40 (with photocopy of University ID)

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Submit an Abstract

Your abstract must be 100-200 words in length. The deadline for submission is September 15.

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• Institutional affiliation (if any)

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Although membership in ICAHM is not required to present an abstract in this conference, we strongly encourage participants to join ICAHM.

The language of this conference is English.

The theme for the 2014 Annual Meeting is Universal Standards for Archaeological Heritage Management. We hope to both showcase exemplary case studies of heritage management and develop a comprehensive set of standards for building these practices into future nomination dossiers and management plans. Other focal points in this year's meeting will be

• integrating research along the Silk Road from the Roman Limes to the Great Wall. Research on boundaries, and large-scale trade networks has seen a renaissance with the accessibility of remote sensing and geochemical sourcing technologies. The two greatest frontiers of the ancient world offer parallel insights into the operation of borders at the same time that increasing historical connections between them are being discovered. We hope to foment comparative studies on frontier phenomena, the archaeology of global trade networks, and the management of colossal (and in the European case international) heritage sites.

• new finds at the Laosicheng archaeological site. Located in Yonghshun County, Hunan province, Laosicheng was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and is an important site for understanding the tusi or 'native chieftan' system of political organization employed by the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties to incorporate local leaders into the imperial bureaucracy as hereditary, tribute paying officials. Modern Laosicheng is a Tujia ethnic minority village, and recent research clarifies the historical relationship between government and minority populations while attempting to mitigate the effects of tourism on the living community.

• representing and preserving minority cultures. The People's Republic of China officially recognizes 55 ethnic minorities in addition to the Han majority (over 90% of the population), and the population of Hunan prefecture consists of 41 groups. Both within China and abroad, the ethical and pragmatic challenges of preserving, communicating, and supporting minority cultures remain one the greatest obstacles to effective heritage management. These papers will illustrate global best practices through case studies and new theoretical approaches.

• incorporating intangible culture into management and research programs. The focus on developing sites for tourism, stemming from language and legislation built on archaeological heritage, has left intangible culture both unprotected and under-theorized from a management perspective. New approaches to documenting and preserving intangible culture underscore both the need for and difficulty of addressing living heritage while supporting opportunities and autonomy for modern communities.

• the application of aerial and satellite remote sensing to archaeological research and heritage management. With the publication of "Mapping Archaeological Landscapes from Space: In Observance of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention", ICAHM highlighted novel applications of aerial and satellite remote sensing to research and management programs. To build on this success we welcome papers that demonstrate best practices with emerging technologies, new approaches to remote sensing for research, and case studies for heritage management applications.

ICAHM will publish selected papers from this annual meeting in its publication series with Springer Press, "Multidisciplinary Perspectives in Archaeological Heritage Management".