“does anyone know...?” communities, communication and zooarch


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“does anyone know...?” communities, communication and zooarch


S2-6, Influencing, supporting and maintaining our profession:
past, present and future, oral



ZOOARCH, an UK based academic mailing list service, is now in its tenth year and it seems timely to review the history and impact of this resource on the zooarchaeological community.

The list was created by the authors in March 2000 in response to the academic isolation often felt by those working singly or in small teams of specialists. ZOOARCH has grown from a mere twenty members on day one to over 830 members from 43 countries today, and over the years has posed hundreds of queries and supplied thousands of answers. The ZOOARCH discussion list has always aimed to be inclusive, relevant and supportive and its real strength continues to be the zooarchaeological community itself and the willingess of people to share their knowledge and their data with others. It is probably no exaggeration to say that it has, to a substantial extent, changed the way zooarchaeologists communicate.

This paper will provide an account on the origins and development of ZOOARCH, its context in the world of zooarchaeology and its relationship and collaboration with other zooarchaeological services, such as ICAZ, BoneCommons,and, more recently, the Zooarchaeology Social Network. We will also discuss the future and how the list could develop over the next ten years.


ALBARELLA Umberto1 and MULVILLE Jacqueline2


1 University of Sheffield, Northgate House, West Street, S1 4ET, Sheffield, UK, u.albarella@sheffield.ac.uk
2 Cardiff University, Humanities Building, Colum Drive, CF10 3EU, Cardiff, UK, mulvilleja@cardiff.ac.uk


Albarella, Umberto
Mulville, Jacqueline


August 2010

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Albarella, Umberto and Mulville, Jacqueline. " “does anyone know...?” communities, communication and zooarch ," in BoneCommons, Item #922, http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/items/show/922 (accessed August 7, 2020).