International Council
for Archaeozoology

The Future of Past Animals:
Global Perspectives in Zooarchaeology

June 10–14, 2020

Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory
Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies
Stockholm University, Sweden

Welcome to the conference information page (under construction)

Aerial view of Stockholm https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riddarholmen_from_Stockholm_City_Hall_tower.jpg

Purpose of the meeting

Skull of a 9 years old traditional Swedish ram of the Gutefår breedThe aim of the conference is to promote international communication in archaeozoology by bringing together its leading experts from around the world. The importance of this effort is directly related to globalization in archaeozoology. We share important values, but what are our common goals for the future? Animal use has been a sensitive indicator of diachronic changes in both natural and social environments. Archaeozoology integrates expertise in bone anatomy, sophisticated laboratory methods and humanities. International collaboration in the field has been of key importance in developing novel, standardized methods as well as continuously cross-validating new results.

Skull of a 9 years old traditional Swedish ram of the Gutefår breed

The The International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ) is the world-wide organization representing a strong community of diverse experts engaged in such studies. Its elected International Committee (IC) reflects variegated research traditions in various regions of the world.

Academic meetings of the IC are devoted to the presentation of state state-of-the art research from around the world. They also offer an opportunity to scholars and students in the host country to share this knowledge, thereby fostering networking and international cooperation at all levels.

Geographical representation

So far delegates from 24 countries intend to take part in the meeting. They include Argentina (3), Australia (1), Brasil (1), Canada (1), China (1), Cyprus (1), Egypt (1), Estonia (1), Finland (1), France (2), Germany (1), Hungary (1), India, (1), Iran (1), Israel (1), Japan (1), Mexico (1), the Netherlands (1), South Africa (1), Spain (1), Sweden (9), Switzerland (1), Turkey (1), UK (6), USA (6). Preliminary data show a promising global coverage for major regions. Map of delegate countries

Arrival to Stockholm

Presuming that many coming from abroad will fly, you can pre-book your airport bus to T-Centralen (City Terminal) on-line at: https://www.flygbussarna.se/en

Airport coach logo

All flights have connecting buses; taxis to town can be rather expensive. "Flygbussarna" will bring you to the City Terminal near Comfort Hotel® Xpress. Urban transport during the meeting: you can purchase a travel card or ticket for the city at the airport or any newsstand in the chain called Pressbyrån. Automated kiosks of the transport company SL (Stockholms Lokaltrafik) also sell tickets at all underground stops and major bus stops in town.

Accommodation

Titles submitted for a preliminary program by the 2019 spring deadline demonstrating the scholarly purpose of the IC meeting helped a successful grant application: ICAZ won generous support from the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, covering the costs of single room accommodations for IC members between June 10–14.  As there is no accommodation on campus, delegates will be housed at Comfort Hotel® Xpress, right around the corner from the airport bus City Terminal where many of you will arrive. Details of the hotel can be found at: https://www.nordicchoicehotels.com/hotels/sweden/stockholm/comfort-hotel-xpress-stockholm-central/

ICAZ hotel location

Public transport

Arlanda and Bromma airports are also accessible by public transport, for information consult the SL home page: https://sl.se/sv/ There is really no accommodation on campus, buying an SL card for daily commute upon arrival makes sense. After about midnight there is a good network of night buses, but their use needs some planning. You can choose from the following ticket options (prices as of September 2019; Upload credit in ”Reskassa” on the SL card card): Commuter ticket prices

Single tickets are valid for 70 minutes with unlimited change. You may wonder how these fares translate? These rounded sums below are for the easy-to-remember, general orientation only:

Approximate exchange rates (September 2019)

1 EUR = 11 SEK; 1 GBP = 13 SEK; 1 US$ = 10 SEK

It is also worth remembering that card use is strongly encouraged by the authorities in Sweden. Most transactions (even the smallest sums) can be directly paid for using bank cards. Consult your bank concerning surcharges for such foreign transfers to appraise whether it is worth buying SEK prior to your trip.

How to find the university?

Near the hotel you can enter the City Terminal which represents the top level at the T-Centralen complex. The campus of Stockholm University is located some 5 km north of the city centre. The street address is Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Lilla Frescativägen 7.

Map showing location of Gamlastan How to get there from the City Terminal? You will need then to descend to the level of the Central station where a shorter escalator will take you further down to the level of the underground. (T-sign = Tunelbana). All this is well sign-posted. In general you need to keep to the left inside the City Terminal.

Transport is simple as the stop of the underground red line 14 is called “Universitetet”. This line is northbound from T-Centralen in the direction of the end stop Mörby centrum. This name is well worth remembering: all southbound trains return to T-Centralen, but have various destinations. But you should not continue towards Mörby (northbound) from Universitetet unless you live in that direction.

Note: the underground stop before the university is called "Tekniska högskolan" where several hotels are located.

“Gamla Stan” in the south of this map is the historic city centre.

Conference venue

Map showing location of the departmentOur department is located away from the main campus at the very end of a small road ending in a loop. Upon ascending from the “Universitetet” underground stop (T), take a sharp U-turn left outside alongside the building. Here you need to cross underneath the highway then walk up toward the nearby railroad station (blue in map) underneath a bridge. There is a fork after the railroad bridge. Follow the main road (leading slightly uphill toward a greenhouse) and walk to the very end to the entrance to the department housing ORL on its ground floor.