Mission Statement

 

Founded in 1965, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) was established as a professional association to conserve and protect cultural heritage around the world.  It then established a series of International Scientific Committees, including the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM) in 1985, to organize scientific expertise on the important topic of world heritage.  ICOMOS sought to foster a multi-disciplinary approach to heritage protection and management.


Friends of ICAHM, then, has been created to support the mission of ICAHM through the dissemination of information concerning world heritage.  Like ICAHM, Friends of ICAHM is not concerned only with World Heritage Sites or those being considered for future inscription on the World Heritage List.  Rather, through the collaboration between international, national, and local committees and populations living in and around archaeological heritage, we hope to promote education concerning the development and management of the human past in order to preserve it for the future; this includes the development and propagation of effective and efficient international cultural resource management standards and practices. 


Friends of ICAHM has been established to support the objectives of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management.                          


These are:

  • To establish, promulgate, and encourage adherence to high standards and best practices for a) management of archaeological sites and resources, b) archaeological research, and c) aspects of cultural resource management;

  • To develop and enhance a network of professional archaeologists and archaeological site managers for the purpose of transmitting theoretical and practical skills and encouraging high standards and best practices for a) management of archaeological sites and resources, b) archaeological research, and c) aspects of cultural resource management;

  • To organize conferences and workshops, to produce publications, websites, and other mechanisms utilizing a variety of media to promulgate high standards and best practices for a) management of archaeological sites and resources, b) archaeological research, and c) aspects of cultural resource management;

  • To provide the best qualified ICAHM Expert Members for desk audits and site visits to archaeological sites that have been nominated for inscription on the World Heritage List;

  • To provide the best qualified ICAHM Expert Members for monitoring the condition of archaeological sites that are inscribed on the World Heritage List;

  • To encourage the nomination of appropriate archaeological sites to the World Heritage List, and to assist in nominations by contributing to comparative studies, giving advise about the preparation of nomination dossiers, management plans or other relevant steps.
Friends of ICAHM Board of Trustees
Douglas C. Comer
Ian Lilley
John Peterson
Helaine Silverman
Carol Wysong

Friends of ICAHM Executive Director
Annemarie Willems
annemarie.willems(at)icahm.icomos.org