Browse Conferences and Working Groups (1 total)

This section contains ICAZ conference related content, materials relating to ICAZ recognized working groups.

Neotropical Zooarchaeology Working Group (NZWG)

NEWSLETTER 1 (Dec. 2010)
NEWSLETTER 2 (Oct. 2011)
NEWSLETTER 3 (Sept. 2012)
NEWSLETTER 4 (Nov. 2013)
NEWSLETTER 5 (June 2014)
NEWSLETTER 6 (Dec. 2014)
NEWSLETTER 7 (Oct. 2015)
NEWSLETTER 8 (Nov. 2016)
NEWSLETTER 9 (Oct. 2017)
NEWSLETTER 10 (Nov. 2018)
NEWSLETTER 11 (Dec. 2019)


A number of particularities that characterize the Neotropics—the biogeographic region ranging from southern North America to southern South America and adjacent islands—are relevant to understanding the diversity and evolution of human-animal interactions through time, as well as the resulting archaeofaunal record. The mission of the ICAZ Neotropical Zooarchaeology Working Group (NZWG) is to offer a forum where these research problems can be discussed and information on them shared. This includes issuing a Newsletter (see above), organizing academic meetings and other projects (see below). Interested researchers and students from any country are invited to join.


The forthcoming NZWG Academic Meeting will be held in San José, Uruguay, on November 22nd-24th, 2017, jointly organized with NZWG member Laura Beovide. We look forward to seeing you there! Please register to receive all the news about it and download the circulars, program and book of abstracts at:


Previous meetings and publications

Before formally becoming a Working Group, the session "Neotropical Zooarchaeology and Taphonomy" was held at the 10th International Conference of ICAZ in México DF in 2006, and the contributions were published in Quaternary International (Vol. 180, 2008). Then the NZWG was formed and it first met at the 11th ICAZ International Conference in Paris, France, in 2010.

The First Academic Meeting was held in June 2012 in Santiago de Chile, jointly organized with NZWG member Isabel Cartajena. It was a workshop on the issue: "Towards a zooarchaeology of the Neotropics". The program and abstracts can be found here. Some of the contributions were published in the journal Etnobiología.

The Second Academic Meeting of the NZWG took place within the 12th ICAZ International Conference in San Rafael, Argentina, in 2014, where a session on Neotropical zooarchaeology was held, along with the second executive meeting of the Working Group. Contributions to this meeting were published in volume Zooarchaeology in the Neotropics: Environmental diversity and human-animal interactions, edited by Springer in 2017.

Also, a workshop on camelid osteology and osteometry was held jointly with the South American camelids session organizers at the 12th ICAZ International Conference in 2014, and a workshop on zooarchaeology laboratories was held at the III ELAZ meeting in Aracaju, Brazil, in 2016.

The Third Academic Meeting of the NZWG was hold in San José, Uruguay in November 2017. Its theme was From ocean to ocean, multiple views on the relationships between humans and animals in the Neotropics and it was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Christopher Markus Götz. The complete papers  have been published as a special issue of Archaeofauna, International Journal of Archaeozoology (Vol.28, 2019).

The Fourth Academic meeting wil take place in Recife, Brazil, September 30th – October 2nd, and is organized by  Núcleo de Ensino e Pesquisas Arqueológicas (NEPARQ) and the History Department (DEHIST), Universidad Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE) and is auspiced by  Sociedade de Arqueologia Brasileira (SAB).


Other NZWG Projects

Among other NZWG projects, one is being developed along with Alexandria Archive / Open Context to generate an open access Osteometric Database of South American Camelids. Also, a bibliographic database has been compiled on zooarchaeological and taphonomic research in the Neotropical region, searchable under the tag "Neotropical zooarchaeology publication" here on BoneCommons. If you would like to contribute your publications, just email them to us and we will upload them here. A listing of these and other references has been compiled and can be accessed here. In addition, if you host your contributions at other academic portals, we encourage adding the tag "Neotropical zooarchaeology" to them.


To keep all interested parties in touch and spread the news on these meetings and projects, a Newsletter is issued once to twice a year. All issues can be found at the top of this page.


Please contact us at or any of the NZWG Coordinators individually for more information: Pablo M. Fernández (, A. Sebastián Muñoz (, and Elizabeth Ramos Roca (