Wang Wei was awarded the Foreign Honorary Member of the Archaeological Institute of America
January 29th, 2007, Chairman of the Archaeological Institute of America, Professor C. Brian Rose in Pennsylvania University of America sent a letter to Professor Wang Wei, head of the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, awarding him the title of “Foreign Honorary Member” of Archaeological Institute of America. Professor C. Brian Rose mentioned in the letter that “It is a great honor to express our highly respect to you and inform you on behalf of the Archaeological Institute of America that you were elected as Foreign Honorary Member of the AIA on the 108th AIA Executive Council Annual Meeting by secret ballot in recognition of your great accomplishment on Chinese archaeological field. Owing to your excellent contribution and sustained efforts, International academic circles are able to understand important Chinese archaeological information thoroughly.”
Led by Wang Wei and Qi Zhaoye, the archaeological delegation of Chinese Social Science Association paid an academic visit at USA in May, 2007. On May 5th, the delegation was invested to visit the headquarters of AIA in Boston University, and called on Ms. Bonnie R. Clendenning who is Chief Administration Officer of AIA. Ms. Bonnie R. Clendenning represented AIA to extend a warm welcome to the delegation, and Wang Wei present his appreciation on AIA’s awarding once again. The two parts exchanged their views on further cooperation between China and America on archaeological research.
Established on 1879, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), with a member of 8500 currently, is the most age-old and large-scaled archaeological association in North America. The association published < Journal of American Archaeology> which is the most authoritatively archaeological journal in North America, as well as <Archaeology> which is the most widely-issued archaeological journal in the world, boasting its issuing volume highly towards 600,000 pieces in North America in 2006.
The Foreign Honorary Member of AIA is nominated by its executive council, then, it is composed of AIA members, all previous chairmen of it, chairmen of AIA abroad stations, and chairmen of AIA branches. As stipulated by AIA, foreign honorary member’s appoint is a life tenure, which should be no more than 32 people. And it is also stipulated that the filling election should be carried out after the death of current AIA members. Currently, AIA has a total foreign members of 32. There are three outstanding archaeologists were conferred to this honor. Apart from Wang Wei, there are Colin Renfrew, a celebrated archaeologist in Cambridge University, and Donny George, the former chairman of Iraqi National Museum and National Antiquities Cultural Heritage Committee. Colin Renfrew is famous for his book “Archaeology: Theory, Method and Practice” in international archaeological field which has become text books in high education in the western countries. Professor Donny George Youlhanna, Chief of Iraqi National Museum, won broad appraisal form international society since he made proper transferring and arrangement methods to protect a large amount of the precious collections.