International Council
for Archaeozoology

Neotropical Zooarchaeology Working Group

 The Neotropics range from southern North America to southern South America and adjacent islands. A number of distinct properties characterize this biogeographic region which are relevant to understanding the diversity and evolution of human-animal interactions through time and 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 (downloadable at the NZWG site), organizing academic meetings and other projects (see below). The forthcoming NZWG Academic Meeting will be held in San José, Uruguay, from November 22nd-24th, 2017, jointly organized with NZWG member Dr. Laura Beovide. We look forward to seeing you there! Please check the NZWG blog for more information.

The NZWG first met at the 2010 ICAZ International Conference in Paris, France, and the First Academic Meeting was held on June 1st, 2012, in Santiago de Chile. Most of these contributions have been published as a special issue of the journal Etnobiología. The second NZWG Academic Meeting and a workshop took place within the 12th ICAZ International Conference in Argentina in 2014. Contributions to this meeting are being published in a forthcoming volume on Neotropical zooarchaeology, edited by Springer. Also, a workshop on camelid osteology and osteometry was co-organized with the South American camelids session organizers at the 12th ICAZ International Conference, and a workshop on zooarchaeology laboratories was held at the III ELAZ meeting in Aracaju, Brazil, in March 2016.

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 by the tag "Neotropical zooarchaeology publication" in BoneCommons- a reference listing can be accessed here. If you would like to contribute your publications, just email them to us and we will upload them here. We also encourage adding the tag "Neotropical zooarchaeology" to any contribution on the subject in other academic portals.

All interested researchers and students are invited to join the NZWG and participate in these meetings and projects. For more information, please check the NZWG site: http://alexandriaarchive.org/bonecommons/exhibits/show/nzwg, or contact us at nzwg.icaz@gmail.com or any of the NZWG Coordinators individually: Pablo M. Fernández, (pfernand@retina.ar), Mariana Mondini (mmondini@filo.uba.ar), A. Sebastián Muñoz (amunoz@filo.uba.ar), and Elizabeth Ramos Roca (eramosroca@uniandes.edu.co).

This information was contributed by Mariana Mondini on November 22, 2016.