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University of Sheffield Zooarchaeology Short Courses

ICAZ 2018 logo The next Understanding Zooarchaeology I short course will be run in April 2020. This three-day course aims to provide an understanding of the basic theory and methods which zooarchaeologists use to understand evidence from animal remains.The introductory course will be followed by Understanding Zooarchaeology II, a three-day course suitable for anyone who has already attended our Understanding Zooarchaeology I course, or who has a basic knowledge of zooarchaeological methods. This course will cover the identification of a wider range of species than our introductory short course, including wild British mammals and birds, and the separation of sheep and goats. It will also provide participants with experience in recording and analysing a real archaeological assemblage.Both courses will use short lectures, hands-on practical activities, and case studies focused on current zooarchaeological research.

  • Understanding Zooarchaeology I: 20th-22nd April 2020
  • Understanding Zooarchaeology II: 23rd-25th April 2020
  • Price for one short course: £ 200 / £ 140 (student/unwaged)
  • Price for both short courses: £ 350 / £ 240 (student/unwaged)

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EAA 2020 call for papers, session #253 – The rural economy in transition: agriculture and animal husbandry between the Late Roman times and the Early Middle Ages

EAA 2020 call for papers Organisers: Idoia Grau-Sologestoa (IPNA – University of Basel, Switzerland,, Mauro Rizzetto (University of Sheffield, UK,, Tudur Davies (Cardiff University, UK,

The main aim of this session is to bring together researchers from different archaeological disciplines (such as archaeobotany, palynology, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, landscape archaeology, etc.) to explore common patterns and dissimilarities in the ways that rural economies changed or adapted to the new socio-political scenarios as the result of the collapse of the Roman Empire and the formation of medieval economies. We particularly welcome interdisciplinary papers which involve the integration of different scientific methods. The EAA 2020 meeting will take place in Budapest (26th - 30th of August 2020). Abstracts of no more than 300 words for oral presentations or posters should be submitted via the conference website by the deadline 13th of February 2020. Please do get in touch with any of us if you have any queries.

PZAF 2018, Palermo, and next PZAF

Postgraduate Zooarchaeology Meeting 2018 The 7th edition of the Postgraduate ZooArchaeology Forum took place in Palermo (Sicily, Italy) in late June. In September 2017 PZAF became an affiliated group of ICAZ, which supported logistically and financially this year’s meeting. The conference, which is run by and for postgraduate/graduate students and early-career zooarchaeologists, gathered over 70 researchers from various European and extra-European countries. Part of the works presented at the conference will be published in a BAR International Series volume in early 2019. Applications for hosting the next PZAF meeting are welcome; the deadline for sending a proposal is on 30th September 2018. If interested, and for any details and queries, please get in touch by sending an email to The location and date of the 8th PZAF meeting will be announced in October. Updates and information are regularly posted in the PZAF 2018 Facebook page.

Join us in Ankara in September 2018 for the 13th ICAZ International Conference

ICAZ 2018 logo September 2-7, 2018
The ICAZ 2018 International Conference will take place from 2-7 September, 2018, in Ankara, Turkey. The conference venue is the Cultural and Convention Center (CCC) at the Middle East Technical University (METU). Check out the conference website for information about the conference themes, venue, excursions, and more: The call for sessions is now open and the website is ready for session proposal submissions. The deadline for session proposals is the 20th November 2017. After this, the Scientific Committee of the conference will evaluate and decide which of the sessions will be accepted and the results will be announced on the 15 th December 2018. For details on the submission procedure, visit the "Instructions" page on the conference website. The Opening Ceremony will be on the afternoon of the 2nd September at Kemal Kurdas Amphitheater, to be followed by Welcoming Cocktail at the garden of CCC. The Annual Dinner will be held on the 4th September at the garden of Visnelik. Visnelik is owned by the METU Alumni Association and it is located conviniently at 800 m distance from METU campus.

About the conference logo (at upper left): A series of suggestions and drawings for the conference logo were submitted by METU students. After a vote by the members of the Scientific and Organizing Committee, the drawing proposed by Zeynep Ece Sahin was chosen. It encircles a number of bone "shadows" topped with the statue of a deer drawn after a metal find from the "Kings' tombs" at Alacahöyük. This statue is displayed at the Anatolian Civilizations Museum in Ankara.

International Committee Meeting 2016

Participants in the October 2016 ICAZ IC/EC meeting. October 2016
In October 2016, ICAZ’s International and Executive Committees gathered in Zhengzhou, China, for their biennial committee meetings and a two-day symposium. Seventeen IC and EC delegates, representing twelve countries and six continents, participated in the scientific symposium on global developments and Chinese perspectives in archaeozoology. The conference was hosted by ICAZ IC member Dr. MA Xiaolin (Deputy Director/Professor, Henan Administration of Cultural Heritage), Ms. CHEN Ailan (Director, Henan Administration of Cultural Heritage), and Mr. JIA Lianmin (Director/Professor, Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology).

The photo above shows the 2016 ICAZ IC/EC conference delegates. Members of the EC in attendance included: Sarah Whitcher Kansa (Vice President), Christine Lefèvre (Secretary), Pam Crabtree (Treasurer), Hitomi Hongo, Hans Christian Küchelmann, Richard H. Meadow, Luís Alberto Borrero, and Evangelia Pişkin. IC members in attendance included: Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, Shaw Badenhorst, László Bartosiewicz, Suzanne Pilaar Birch, Ariane Burke, Virginia Butler, Arati Deshpande-Mukherjee, Kitty Emery, Xiaolin Ma, and Kat Szabó. Four additional members participated in the EC/IC business meetings via Skype.

The meeting commenced with a visit by the delegates to the Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology, where they were introduced to the archaeology of ancient China and visited the outstanding collection of modern and ancient animal remains from across China and especially from Henan Province. Following the tour, the EC and IC held their business meetings. View the minutes of the meeting (PDF). The remainder of the week was dedicated to a two-day symposium presenting collaborative research, new developments and results in Chinese archaeozoology, and innovations in sharing and preserving our analytical results. The presenters included members of the EC/IC and Chinese scholars.

The ICAZ IC/EC members visiting the Longmen Grottoes, Henan Province, China.To celebrate the conclusion of the meeting, the delegates took a day tour to the Longmen Grottoes (photo at left), a breathtaking expanse of caves housing tens of thousands of statues of all sizes of Buddha and his disciples. They also visited the Luoyang Museum, featuring art and archaeology of the region; and the Emperor Carriage Museum, the site of sacrificial pits containing dozens of in situ horse skeletons and their accompanying chariots from the Eastern Zhou Dynasty.

The ICAZ EC/IC meeting in China builds upon the growth of ICAZ by continuing to welcome and support new colleagues across the world, with different institutional, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. The EC and IC members are very grateful to our Chinese hosts for a fabulous conference and visit to China.

ICAZ Statement on Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq

 March 6, 2015
The International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ) has issued the following statement in response to recent deliberate damage to the ancient sites of Nineveh and Nimrud, and other cultural heritage in the conflict zone of northern Iraq:

The International Council and members of ICAZ join with other archaeological and museum bodies in deploring the deliberate damage and destruction of ancient sites and cultural objects and the pillaging and dispersal of artefacts being undertaken in northern Iraq. The people of this region are suffering death and displacement on a terrible scale, and humanitarian concerns must take precedence. However, the willful destruction of their cultural heritage is particularly reprehensible in the present circumstances, denying those people even the legacy of their ancient past. The current actions are a flagrant breach of the United Nations' Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (May 1954; building on Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, and Washington Pact of 1935), and therefore a matter of international responsibility.

Faced with these events, we urge all colleagues with appropriate expertise to provide professional support to the archaeological and museum communities to protect and repair damaged sites and monuments, and to identify and reclaim missing objects. We call on authorities, despite these unsettled times, to act to protect the world's archaeological and cultural materials. And we urge museums, galleries and archaeological communities worldwide to be alert to "conflict artefacts" entering markets and collections. The appropriate international authorities must be alerted to information regarding objects recently stolen from northern Iraq. While the full extent of the damage to Iraq's cultural heritage, and so to that of humanity as a whole, will only become clear after the present conflict, prompt international action now can and must mitigate the worst consequences.

2014 Conference in Argentina

 October 1, 2014
The 12th ICAZ International Conference took place in San Rafael (Mendoza), Argentina at the Museo de Historia Natural de San Rafael, 22 - 27th September 2014. In the coming months, all paper and poster titles and abstracts will be posted to BoneCommons, together with any slides, text, or other media presenters have chosen to share. For more details about the conference, see the ICAZ Fall 2014 newsletter.

ICAZ Celebrates Non-Profit Status

 September 1, 2014
Thanks to the hard work of ICAZ's treasurer, Pam Crabtree, ICAZ is now a non-profit organization recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. This is a milestone for ICAZ, which has grown to a 500+ member-strong organization since its inception in 1971. Among other benefits, 501(c)(3) status gives ICAZ a greater ability to apply for grants and to receive tax-deductible donations from individuals, corporations, and other supporters.

Launch of Roman Period Working Group

 October 2013 ICAZ is pleased to announce the launch of a new working group on the Zooarchaeology of the Roman Period. The aim of the group is to represent a network of exchange and collaboration across borders, to help the understanding of the interconnections between the research questions associated with this important historical period. The group also encourage participation of researchers investigating geographic areas that were outside the Roman Empire but adjacent and contemporary to it. Zooarchaeologists involved in investigations of the late Iron Age and the early medieval period that are relevant to the understanding of the Roman period are also encouraged to join. The first working group meeting took place in Sheffield (U.K.) from 20-22 November, 2014. Visit the working group page for more information, including how to take part.

International Committee Meeting 2012

 October 2012 The biennial business meeting of the ICAZ International Committee and the business meeting of the Executive Committee were held at the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul, Turkey. The business meeting was followed by a one-day scientific meeting (October 6, Saturday) entitled World Archaeozoology Today: International Approaches to Common Problems. Read the minutes of the meetings.