The Shanghai Archaeology Forum has three key programs: SAF Awards, World Archaeology Keynote Lecture Series, and Public Archaeology Keynote Lecture Series.

世界考古论坛具体活动主要由三部分组成:世界考古论坛奖、世界考古学主题论坛演讲、公众考古讲座。

1. SAF Awards 世界考古论坛奖

The SAF Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have achieved distinction through innovative, creative, and rigorous works relating to our human past, and have generated new knowledge that has particular relevance to the contemporary world and our common future. It aims to promote excellence and innovation in archaeological research, advance public awareness and appreciation of archaeology, foster the protection and conservation of the world’s archaeological resources and heritage, and encourage international collaboration and partnerships between scholars and others from different countries.

The SAF Awards consist of two categories: major archaeological field-discoveries (Field Discovery Award) and major research findings (Research Award) which may be based on, although not themselves primarily comprising, fieldwork. No more than ten awards are made for each category. The award in the first category is made for archaeological excavations or surveys that have yielded major discoveries significantly furthering or even altering our knowledge of the human past, locally and/or globally. The award in the second category is made for archaeological research that is based on rigorous studies on specific subjects and/or laboratory and scientific analyses. They may be comprehensive and multi-year research projects, or major breakthroughs in theory, method or technique, or groundbreaking works of synthesis based on updated archaeological findings.

The nomination and selection of major archaeological field-discoveries and research findings for the SAF are made on a biennial basis. The nominated works must be original and directly derived from legal and scientific archaeological excavations or surveys or from other rigorous archaeological research. The nominations are reviewed and adjudicated by the Selection Committee according to the highest international standards of excellence and impartiality. The principal investigators of the selected nominations are honored and invited to present their research at the biennial SAF meeting.

The Shanghai Archaeology Forum also presents other awards to archaeologists and others whose work has made a significance contribution to the field of archaeology and cultural heritage management across the world. These include SAF Award for Lifetime Achievement, SAF Award for Public Archaeology, and SAF Book Award.

世界考古论坛奖的评选,强调新思想、新理念,强调创新性,强调对当今世界和人类共同未来的重要性,以此推进考古学研究水平的提高和知识创新,提高公众对考古学重要性的认识,促进世界考古资源和文化遗产的保护,推动更加广泛的国际合作和交流。

世界考古论坛奖包括重大田野考古发现和重大考古研究成果两类,每一类评选不超过10项。重大田野考古发现指那些能够加深、甚至改变我们对特定地区或全球范围古文化认识的田野考古调查和发掘。重大考古研究成果主要针对的是专项课题或以实验室科学分析为基础的考古研究。可以是多年综合性的研究项目,也可以是理论、方法、技术上的重大突破,也可以是基于考古新发现的突破性研究成果。

重大田野考古发现和重大考古研究成果的推荐和评选每两年举行一次。被提名的田野考古发现和研究成果必须具有原创性,直接源自合法、科学的考古发掘、调查或是其它严谨的科学研究。论坛评审委员会将依据严格优选和公平公正的最高准则对推荐项目进行评选。邀请入选的田野考古发现和研究的负责人参加两年一届的世界考古论坛∙上海,介绍其研究成果。

世界考古论坛还设有其它奖项以表彰在考古和文化遗产保护方面作出巨大贡献的学者,包括世界考古论坛终身成就奖、公共考古奖、和优秀著作奖。

2. World Archaeology Keynote Lecture Series 世界考古学主题论坛演讲

The World Archaeology Keynote Lecture Series is devoted to advancing scholarly exchange and interaction among scholars from different countries across the world by discussing innovative methods, findings and theories in the field of archaeology. Among the major themes addressed are those that have direct relevance to the issues confronting our world today and in the future, such as:

Human Origins and its Evolution
Origins of Agriculture and the Development of Farming Societies
Evolution of the Earliest Cities, States, and Civilizations
Comparative Studies of Ancient Civilizations
Economic and Social Changes
Ancient Cities and Urbanization
Coupled Social and Ecological Systems
Material and Social Processes of Ancient Technologies
Religions, Art, and Cognition
Sustainability and Collapse of Human Societies
Social Inequality
Culture Contact, Migration and Colonial Encounters
Globalization and Cultural Diversity
Public Archaeology and Community Engagement
Ethics of Archaeological Practice
Protection and Preservation of Archaeological Resources and Cultural Heritage
Archaeology and Heritage Tourism

世界考古学主题论坛演讲,旨在讨论考古学理论和方法的最新进展,交流针对具体问题的研究成果,从而推进各国学者之间的学术交流和研究合作。主题论坛演讲着重强调与当今社会和世界未来发展息息相关的主题。其中包括:

人类起源与进化
农业起源与发展
早期城市、国家、文明起源与发展
古代文明的比较研究
经济发展与社会变革
古代城市和城市化
社会和生态耦合系统发展机制
科学技术的进步及其与人类社会发展的关系
精神生活(宗教、伦理、艺术)与社会
古代社会的可持续性发展和衰亡
社会分工、分化与社会和谐
文化交流、人口迁徙与社会发展
全球化及文化的多样性
公众考古
考古实践的伦理
考古资源和文化遗产的保护与管理
考古和文化遗产旅游

3. Public Archaeology Keynote Lecture Series 公众考古讲座

A key component of the SAF Public Outreach Program is the Public Archaeology Keynote Lecture Series, which aims to inform the public about current archaeological research and advocate its relevance to major concerns and debates in the contemporary world.

公众考古讲座为公众提供一个了解和欣赏古代文化遗产、考古知识的平台,致力于宣传考古发现及考古研究对当代社会的贡献。