The FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BEST PRACTICES IN WORLD HERITAGE: ARCHAEOLOGY aims to generate a meeting point on Archaeology management and treatment of World Heritage sites. It will focus on Archaeology, keeping in mind that it needs to consider not only the sites, which have been inscribed as World Heritage due to its Archaeological nature, but also any site, property or group of material properties, inscribed as World Heritage, which can be studied using an archaeological methodology.

The Conference is organised by the Complutense University of Madrid, and sponsored by the Council of Menorca Island (Balearic Islands, Spain), so that Menorca Island will become a place of reference for studies on the treatment of properties inscribed by UNESCO

Research works from a global perspective on these sites, beside the ones commissioned by UNESCO, are still scarce but necessary. In the Department of Prehistory at the Complutense University of Madrid, a research project is being developed on Archaeology and World Heritage (, which involves people from several research institutes, universities and administrations. This project has raised the need to put in common and share different initiatives and experiences that have been carried out in this Heritage context, to improve the treatment given to these exceptional cultural properties.

The celebration of this Conference and the impact that it will have in the scientific world will certainly benefit the nomination initiated by Menorca, as a candidate to become World Heritage, with the importance of its exceptional archaeological sites.

We encourage all those interested in the world of the archaeological management to participate, as there will be space not only for Archaeology as a science, but also for insights from other disciplines.

Conference official languages: Spanish and English


- Sr. José Ramón Bauzá Díaz, President of Govern de les Illes Balears
- Sr. Santiago Tadeo Florit, President of Consell Insular de Menorca
- Sr. José Carrillo Menéndez, Rector of Universidad Complutense de Madrid
- Sra. Irina Bokova, General Director of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- Sr. Jesús Prieto de Pedro, General Director of Bellas Artes y Bienes Culturales del Ministerio de Cultura
- Sr. Denis Ricard, General Secretary of Organización de las Ciudades del Patrimonio Mundial (OCPM)
- Sr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former General Director of UNESCO
- Sr. Gustavo M. Araoz, President of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
- Sra. Rosa María Suárez-Inclán Ducassi, President of Spanish Committee of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)

We are pleased to announce that this Conference will be held in coordination with the Annual Meeting of 2012 of ICAHM (International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management of ICOMOS), which will be held in Cuzco ( A selection of the proceedings of both events will be published under the patronage of ICAHM.

THEME: UNESCO World Heritage Convention on its 40th Anniversary.
Cuzco, Perú | 27-30 November 2012


1st International Conference on Best Practices in World Heritage: Archaeology 
9-13 April 2012

Teatre Principal de Maó
Maó (Menorca)
Illes Balears

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