The 15th congress of the Pan-African Archaeological Association will take place from 10 to 14 September 2018 in Rabat, Morocco.

The general theme validated is:

“Valorization of African Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development”

Cultural heritage in general and archaeological in particular has attracted attention of developers, economic decision-makers, academics and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in recent years, and has become a lever for socio-economic development. The field of archeology and the geology of the Quaternary has experienced considerable development in Africa. Numerous multidisciplinary research and international cooperation programs cover a large part of Africa, crowned by important discoveries, world-renowned in particular and Physical Anthropology and Prehistory.

Thus, Africa has a considerable archaeological heritage, but the most part of it is not valued, and local populations do not benefit.

Through this theme we want to draw attention to the valorization and conservation of this African heritage and to the related scientific research, including the topic of how to put them at the service of a sustainable development.

To what extent can the relevance of the scientific and cultural results of archeology contribute to socio-cultural and economic development?


  • Methods of archaeology
  • Training of archaeology
  • Archaeological prospecting
  • Methods and techniques of excavation
  • Computer Science and Archeology
  • First human occupations
  • Lower Palaeolithic
  • Middle Palaeolithic
  • Upper Palaeolithic
  • Final Palaeolithic
  • Epipalaeolithic
  • Mesolithic
  • Neolithic
  • Domestication of plants and animals
  • Chalcolithic
  • Age of metals
  • Bronze Age
  • Iron Age
  • Prehistoric art
  • Rock art
  • Furniture Art
  • Traceology
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Lithic industries
  • Bone industries
  • Ceramology
  • Metallurgy
  • Supply of raw materials
  • Landscape changes: climate, environment and culture
  • Methods of dating applied to Archeology
  • DNA studies
  • Imaging and 3D scanning
  • Geoarchaeology
  • Archaeozoology
  • Archeology and funeral anthropology
  • Paleoanthropology
  • Archaeobotany
  • Archeometry
  • Archeogeography
  • Absolute Dates
  • Palaeoeconomy
  • Archeology of mountain environments
  • Archeology of desert environments
  • Archeology of tropical environments
  • Coastal archeology
  • Archeology of the islands
  • Management of the archaeological heritage
  • Preventive archeology
  • Geology of the Quaternary
  • Evolution of man in his environment,
  • African prehistoric archeology and its geological setting;
  • Africa: land of origins for man and his cultures;
  • African heritage between the cultural and landscape dimension;
  • The role of local and regional authorities, the population and civil society in the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage.
  • Nautical Archeology
  • Underwater Archeology
  • Archeology of African diasporas
  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Historical Archeology
  • Islamic Archeology