International Council
for Archaeozoology

Committee of Honor

The Committee of Honor is comprised of individuals who have made a major contribution to archaeozoology and/or to ICAZ. Committee of Honor members are elected by majority vote of the International Committee.

Umberto Albarella (UK)

 Umberto Albarella was awarded a first degree in Natural Sciences at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy), but developed an interest in archaeology already as an undergraduate student. He first participated in excavations in 1983 and began analysing animal bone assemblages of substantial sizes from urban sites in Naples. Following a study period in the Institute of Archaeology at the University College (London, England), he taught bioarchaeology at the Università degli Studi di Lecce (Italy). In 1993 he returned to Britain and was employed by English Heritage until 1995. It was at this time that he became involved with the International Council for Archaeozoology and first participated in the 1994 7th International Congress of ICAZ held in Konstanz (Germany). Subsequently, he worked at the universities of Birmingham and Durham before moving to the University of Sheffield in 2004 where he established a strong zooarchaeology laboratory that runs its own MSc programme. Umberto took an active part in organizing the 9th 2002 International Congress of ICAZ in Durham. That year, he was elected to the International Committee of ICAZ. In relation to his intensive international activity (aside from Britain and Italy, involvement in projects in Armenia, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland), he founded ZOOARCH, an e-mail list on zooarchaeology in 2000 that has become an official medium of ICAZ. He was elected General Secretary of ICAZ in 2006 and served until 2012. In addition to academic output (co-author/editor of half a dozen books in addition to the 14 volume series of the Proceedings on the 9th conference of ICAZ in Durham and author of dozens of peer-reviewed articles), his scholarly activity has always been characterized by a keen sense of social responsibility that the membership of ICAZ has greatly benefited from and has made him much loved in the global community of zooarchaeologists. Elected in 2012. Contributed by László Bartosiewicz

Jesùs Altuna (Spain)

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Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales (México)

 Joaquin Arroyo-Cabrales earned a degree in Biology from the National School of Biological Sciences of the Mexican National Polytechnic Institute, and a PhD from Texas Tech University. He is Professor at the Mexico City Archaeozoology Laboratory of the National Institute for Anthropology and History. His research focuses on palaeoenvironment reconstruction in Mexico, through the study of Quaternarian mammals, and he has a special interest for bats. Joaquín has published over 200 papers in Spanish and English. He has been an ICAZ member since 1990, was elected at the IC in 1992, at the EC in 2004, and he was elected Vice-President in 2010. In 2006, he co-organized the 10th International Conference of ICAZ in Mexico and he plays a major role in the development of Latin American zooarchaeology. Elected in 2014. Contributed by Christine Lefèvre

László Bartosiewicz (Hungary)

 László Bartosiewicz (Hungary) is Reader in Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and Professor in Archaeozoology at the Loránd Eötvös University (Hungary). He holds degrees in Animal Sciences from the University of Gödöllő (Hungary: 1977) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1987; 1998). László’s research includes the diachronic study of animal-human relations from the Neolithic onwards in Europe (Belgium, Hungary, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland), the Near East (Egypt, Israel, Turkey), and South America (Bolivia). In addition to studies on animal exploitation, cultural patters of meat consumption and cultural attitudes toward animals, his activities also focus on animal disease in archaeology. He is the author of numerous books, book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. He has been the the vice-president of ICAZ from 2002 to 2006, and the president from 2006 to 2014. He has contributed to all ICAZ conferences since London 1982. László has been a key player in the world of zooarchaeology for more than three decades, contributing to many different research areas. Within ICAZ he has championed internationality and the provision of equal opportunities. Elected in 2014. Contributed by Umberto Albarella

Zbigniew Bochenski (Poland)

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Luís Alberto Borrero, Argentina

Luís Alberto Borrero has been working in archaeozoology since 1978 and a member of ICAZ since 1986. He served as Vice President of the organization between 2006-2010. He holds a PhD in archaeology (1986, Universidad de Buenos Aires). His main professional interests include the extinct megamammals of the end of the Pleistocene in South America. He also works in archaeozoological aspects of hunter-gatherer archaeology. He has published over 200 scholarly papers, and is the author of two books and co-editor of seven books. He works for the CONICET as a researcher, and teaches archaeology at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Elected in 2018.

Louis Chaix (Switzerland)

 Louis Chaix is a long standing member and sup- porter of ICAZ. He is currently an honorary curator at the Natural History Museum in Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked for many years before his recent retirement, and a Professor at the University of Geneva. Chaix studied Neolithic fauna in the French region of Valais for his dissertation research and obtained his doctorate in 1976. Although he has continued to work on themes related to this initial research, his interests have broadened to include many other areas of the world. His main research interests in the Swiss Alpine area have focused on Paleolithic hunter-gatherers and the transition from hunting animals to animal husbandry. Outside Europe, Chaix has worked extensively in Africa, where he studied many different prehistoric and historic faunal assemblages from Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia. In 1999, he traveled to several cities in Brazil to offer seminars in archaeozoology. Chaix is a very popular colleague and a much loved teacher. He has trained several students in archaeozoology, who are now professionals themselves. Elected in 2006. ICAZ Newsletter 7(2) Fall 2006

Charles S. Churcher (Canada)

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Pam Crabtree, USA

 Pam Crabtree is Professor of Anthropology at New York University. While most of her zooarchaeological research has focused on the early medieval period, she has also worked on Epipaleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Hellentistic, and Roman faunal collections in Europe and the greater Near East. Elected in 2018.

Esref Deniz (Turkey)

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Pierre Ducos (France)

 Pierre Ducos has been a leading figure in ICAZ since its inception. He organized the 5th ICAZ International Conference in Bordeaux in 1986 and was the founder and long time chief editor and publisher of Archaeozoologica, a primary publication venue for ICAZ conference proceedings. He has been a leader in the development of new methods and original theoretical perspectives in archaeozoology, and has produced many important analyses of fauna particularly from the Middle East. He retired from his research position in the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in 2000. Elected in 2002. ICAZ Newsletter 3(1) Spring 2002

Achilles Gautier (Belgium)

 Achilles Gautier is the exception to the proverbial rule that there are no famous Belgians. Having been trained in geology and palaeontology, he became a pioneer in archaeozoology in Belgium in the 1960s. He soon put his research at Gent University on the international map by attending early ICAZ gatherings, by becoming a member of the organization’s committees, and by studying material from very different places and time periods. Not many colleagues combine Neogene freshwater molluscs from Africa, European Ice Age mammals, Middle Palaeolithic Poland, prehistoric Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Mali and Ruanda, Classical Greece and Syria, and prehistoric to medieval Belgium within the same curriculum vitae. Several characteristics unify his work, including his no-nonsense attitude, strict taphonomic interpretational framework, an understanding of the ethics of human-animal relation- ships, and the use of correct zoological nomenclature for domestic animals. Gautier retired as professor in 2002, however his non-conformist teaching style and successful laboratory continue to serve as an inspiration to students and colleagues. Elected in 2006. ICAZ Newsletter 7(2) Fall 2006

Diane Gifford-Gonzalez (USA)

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Caroline Grigson (UK)

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Tove Hatting (Denmark)

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Charles Higham (New Zealand)

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Heather A. Lapham (USA)

 This award was made in recognition of Heather’s many years of service to ICAZ and in recognition of her contributions to archaeozoology through her innovative research. Heather began her tenure as ICAZ Newsletter Editor in 2000 with the publication of a redesigned biannual newsletter provided as a primary benefit to ICAZ members. Under her direction the newsletter has grown into a major outlet for information for, from, and about ICAZ members. Heather was also the organization’s first Webmaster, designing, implementing, and maintaining the organization’s website from 2000 until 2006. These two informational organs have played key roles in making ICAZ the vibrant, broad-based organization it is today. In addition to her service to ICAZ, Heather has conducted broad ranging research in archaeozoology —from tracing the impact of the deer-skin trade in early colonial America on Native American subsistence and social organization to examining the place of animal economy in early urban societies in Central México. This work, which links the careful study of animal bones to important questions about environment, economy, and society, serves as an important model for archaeozoologists everywhere. In addition, Heather has also built a respected facility at Southern Illinois University Carbondale for archaeozoological research and training. Heather joins the Committee of Honor as the youngest person ever elected to this prestigious committee, with the promise of even greater contributions to ICAZ and to archaeozoology still to come. Elected in 2010. Contributed by M. Zeder, ICAZ Newsletter 11(2) Fall 2010

Hans-Hermann Müller (Germany)

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Richard H. Meadow, USA (Executive Committee member)

 Richard H. Meadow is one of the founding members of ICAZ, a member of the ICAZ Executive Committee from 1976 to the present, and ICAZ Treasurer from 1998-2006. He established the Zooarchaeology Laboratory at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, in 1981 and has been the director ever since. Numerous students have been trained in this lab and scholars from around the world have consulted its collections. Meadow has been a member of the editorial board of several journals. He has been an active participant of numerous excavations and since 1992 he is the project director of the Harappa Archaeological Research Project in Punjab, Pakistan. Among his many honors Meadow is a Foreign Corresponding Member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres of France. Elected in 2006. ICAZ Newsletter 7(2) Fall 2006

Arturo Morales-Muñiz (Spain)

 Arturo Morales-Muñiz has contributed greatly to ICAZ over the past 25 years. He has been a member of the ICAZ Executive Committee for many years and ICAZ Secretary from 1998-2006. Morales has also been a central figure in the ICAZ Fish Remains Working Group (FRWG) since its inception and he was a driving force behind the creation of the ICAZ Bird Working Group (BWG) in 1991. That same year, he organized the 1st BWG meeting in Madrid, Spain, and in 1995 he hosted the 8th FRWG meeting. He is the founder and co-editor of the journal, Archaeofauna, which has served as a publication venue for ICAZ conference proceedings and papers dealing with archaeozoological research worldwide. Morales is the director of the Laboratorio de Arqueozoología at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, which is one of the leading centers of archaeozoological research and training in Spain. He has published widely on archaeofaunas from the Iberian Peninsula, particularly on icthyoarchaeology. Elected in 2006. ICAZ Newsletter 7(2) Fall 2006

Nanna Noe-Nygaard (Denmark)

 Nanna Noe-Nygaard has been engaged in archaeozoological research since she began her career studying geology and archaeology. She has maintained a position at the forefront of the field with a remarkable combination of approaches to understanding past subsistence that straddles zoology, archaeology, and geology. Noe-Nygaard was a pioneer in taphonomic studies in the late 1970s, she was among the first to publish stable isotope studies of animal bones, and her work continually sets an example for superb interdisciplinary research. Her current project combines stable isotopes studies of animal bones with palaeoenvironmental data from lake bottoms, which attest to the impact climate conditions had on human subsistence and mobility. Noe-Nygaard has served as a member of the ICAZ International Committee (IC) since the inception of the organization and has organized two IC meetings in Copenhagen, Denmark, the last at the Carlsberg Academy in 2004. In 2005, Nanna celebrated her 40th anniversary of teaching at the Geological Institute, University of Copenhagen, where she is highly respected and loved by students and colleagues alike for the quality of her research and for her boundless enthusiasm and heartfelt engagement. Elected in 2006. ICAZ Newsletter 7(2) Fall 2006

Sebastian Payne (UK)

 Sebastian Payne, perhaps better known to most of us as “Bas,” trained in both the Natural Sciences and Archaeology and has always applied a rigorous scientific approach to archaeozoology. He has been “doing bones” since the late 1960s and is perhaps best known for a) his investigations of the effects of recovery bias, b) the creation of an easy method for recording tooth wear in caprines, and c) his biometric work on caprine bones and pig bones and teeth. He was one of the first to demonstrate the importance of wet sieving, and a failure to sieve leads to severe loss of small bones and teeth which can bias our data. His sheep/goat toothwear recording system is probably used by most archaeozoologists today. Recently he has been involved with a pioneering study of fat residues in pottery. This has revealed an early center of cow milking in western Anatolia. In the 1970s he was at the British Institute of Archaeology in Ankara where he did much of his work on caprine tooth wear and since the late 1980s has been with English Heritage (EH)—first as head of the archaeozoology branch of the Ancient Monuments Laboratory and subsequently EH Chief Scientist. He has also been a longstanding and faithful supporter of ICAZ, acting at different times as vice-president and member of the Executive Committee. He contributed to the writing of the current ICAZ constitution and has sponsored and supported for a number of years prizes for the best posters on display at ICAZ International Conferences. Elected in 2010. Elected in 2012. Contributed by Simon Davis and Chiara Cavallo, ICAZ Newsletter 11(2) Fall 2010

Ina Plug (South Africa)

 Ina Plug, Academic Associate at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology University of South Africa, is credited with the establishment of archaeozoology as a scientific discipline in southern Africa. She received her archaeology degrees at the University of Pretoria. Between 1977 and 1999, she was researcher at the Transvaal Museum (now called the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History). Her accomplishments at the Department of Archaeozoology made her name inseparable from that of the department where she is now honorary curator. She joined ICAZ in Bordeaux, France (1986). Since then as a local researcher she has consistently represented South Africa (in fact, sometimes the entire continent) in ICAZ and attended all international conferences but one. She has also served on the International Committee of ICAZ. Retired since 1999, Ina keeps on pursuing her research. She has recently published a major book entitled “What bone is that? A guide to the identification of southern African mammal bones.” (Rosslyn Press, Pretoria, 2014). Elected in 2014. Contributed by László Bartosiewicz

François Poplin (France)

 François Poplin is the founder of the research team based at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France— today the largest group of archaeozoologists in the country. He has been a member of ICAZ for many years, he is a prominent figure in the field of anthropozoology, and a co-founder of Anthropozoologica, the journal that published, among many other things, the proceedings of the 7th ICAZ International Conference held in Constance, Germany, in 1994. One of Poplin’s greatest contributions to archaeozoology is his study of Upper Palaeolithic faunas, but he also worked on many assemblages from later time periods. He has published intensively on theoretical issues as well, including the question of boundaries between different disciplines, such as archaeology, anthropology, history and linguistics. An expert in ivory objects, Poplin has revised and identified numerous museum items worldwide, which has provided important information about the items’ origin, trade, and manufacturing techniques. Poplin, not yet retired, is still very active in research. Elected in 2006. ICAZ Newsletter 7(2) Fall 2006

Hans Reichstein (Germany)

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Elizabeth Reitz (USA)

 Elizabeth (Betsy) Reitz is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Georgia where she also serves as Curator of the Zooarchaeology Laboratory of the Georgia Museum of Natural History which maintains a comparative skeletal collection of more than 4,000 modern vertebrate and invertebrate specimens from Georgia, the southeastern U.S., and adjacent coastal waters. Betsy's zooarchaeological research focuses on the Late Pleistocene to Colonial archaeology of Latin America and the southeastern United States with an emphasis on ecological and environmental archaeology, and a special interest in coastal fauna and human impacts. She has numerous publications, most well-loved among them, the Zooarchaeology text co-authored with Elizabeth Wing (1999 and 2004), the Case Studies in Environmental Archaeology co-edited with Newsom and Scudder (1996) and Scarry and Scudder (2007), and the new Environmental Archaeology manual co-authored with Shackley (2012). Within ICAZ, Betsy was an International Committee member from 2002 to 2014, and an at-large Executive Committee member from 2002 to 2010, and was the task force leader in creating the ICAZ Professional Protocols for Archaeology in 2009. Elected in 2014. Contributed by Kitty Emery, October 2014

Alfredo Riedel (Italy)

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Manfred Teichert (Germany)

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Hans-Peter Uerpmann (Germany)

 Throughout his long career at the University of Tübingen, Hans-Peter Uerpmann (Germany) has gained a wide reputation as a highly respected and influential researcher and teacher in archaeozoology. Thirty years ago, in 1976, Uerpmann played a leading role in the formal establishment of ICAZ and he has been one of its closest advisors and supporters ever since, serving on the Executive Committee and acting as Chairman for many of the council meetings. Uerpmann has a broad spectrum of research interests. He has worked with faunal material from different geographic areas and periods, but much of his research has concentrated on the archaeozoology of the Near East, especially Syria, and, more recently, the United Arabian Emirates. He is also regarded as one of the world experts in the archaeozoology of equids. Elected in 2006. ICAZ Newsletter 7(2) Fall 2006

Louise van Wijngaarden-Bakker (Netherlands)

 After more than 30 years of research activity, Louise van Wijngaarden-Bakker officially retired this year from the scientific world of archaeozoology. She leaves behind not only a list of over a hundred publications but numerous researchers and students who have been trained by her. She was the first archaeozoologist at the University of Amsterdam, where starting from scratch with a few bags of bones she built up an archaeozoological department with an outstanding comparative collection of mammal, bird, and fish bones. It is still one of the best collections in Europe. Her specific research interests lay firstly in the Irish Mesolithic and Neolithic (she completed her Ph.D. research on the animal bones from Newgrange), but she worked on many Dutch sites from the Mesolithic until more recent times, as well as on sites from other countries such as Spitsbergen, Sabi Abyad, and Carthage. Louise has had a wide range of interests in archaeozoology, ranging from (experimental) taphonomy to environmental archaeology, bone working, and urban and historical archaeology. Two of her most characteristic and valued qualities are her critical attitude and willingness to let others access both the reference collections and her large collection of offprints. She has also stimulated interaction with related disciplines and international colleagues. One of her lasting legacies is the “Ecologendag,” a yearly event where Belgian and Dutch researchers in archaeobotany and archaeozoology meet in an informal atmosphere. Louise has always been inspiring and supportive, and her legacy in the discipline is very much appreciated by colleagues and students. Elected in 2010. Contributed by Maaike Groot and Kinie Esser, ICAZ Newsletter 11(2) Fall 2010

Elizabeth Wing (USA)

 Dr. Elizabeth S. Wing (USA) was elected to the Committee of Honor in 2002 for her leading role in archaeozoology in the Americas. Wing’s training was as a vertebrate zoologist, but she devoted much of her career to archaeozoology, founding the Zooarchaeology Laboratory at the Florida Museum of Natural History (Gainesville, Florida, USA) in 1961. Under her guidance, this evolved into the current Environmental Archaeology program, now a leading center of archaeozoological research and training. Much of her research focused on vertebrates, with particular emphasis on fish, but she encouraged work with molluscs and crustaceans as well and was a strong advocate of fine-screen recovery methods. Her research focused on the human uses of animals in southeastern North America, the origins and spread of domestic animals in the Andes, and the overexploitation of animals as well as management of captive and domestic animals in the Caribbean. Wing was an active supporter of ICAZ. She participated in the ICAZ organizational meeting in 1971 in Budapest as well as the ICAZ meeting in 1974 in Groningen when the first ICAZ statutes were drafted. She played a major role in the organization of the 6th ICAZ conference in Washington, D.C. in 1990. She was an influential member of the International Council from its inception until 2006 and was a central figure in the ICAZ Fish Working Group. She published widely on archaeofaunas in the Americas and, with Elizabeth Reitz, produced a major textbook, Zooarchaeology, originally published in 1999 and revised in 2008. She retired from her position as curator at the Florida Museum in 2001. Dr. Wing received the Society for American Archaeology’s Fryxell Award for excellence in interdisciplinary research in 1996 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the United States in 2007. Elected in 2002. Contributed by Elizabeth J. Reitz, 21 May 2013

Melinda Zeder (USA)

 Melinda Zeder (USA) has made innumerable contributions to both ICAZ and archaeozoology as a discipline. She was a driving force behind the transformation of ICAZ into a professional, mem- bership-based organization in the 1980s. In 1990, Zeder co-orga- nized the 6th ICAZ International Conference in Washington, D.C., USA, which was the first meeting to be held outside of Europe. She has served on the ICAZ International Committee for many years and, most recently, completed an eight-year term as ICAZ President (1998-2006) for which her tireless efforts and dedication to the organization will be sorely missed. Zeder is currently the Director of the Archaeobiology Program at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington. Her research focuses on several inter-related themes, including the origins of animal domestication, the development of specialized pastoral economies, and the impact of agriculture in the Near East. She has published two books, several edited volumes, and dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles. Zeder has also been an out- standing mentor and inspiration to numerous students over the years, many of whom have gone on to have their own professional careers in archaeozoology. Elected in 2006. ICAZ Newsletter 7(2) Fall 2006