2010 Junior Researcher Open Zooarchaeology Prize Winners

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2010 Junior Researcher Open Zooarchaeology Prize Winners


Results of 2010 Open Zooarchaeology Prize


The Junior Researcher Open Zooarchaeology Prize competition awards the best open access, reusable content based on presentations at an International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ) conference by a junior researcher (current student or degree in the past 10 years). The 2010 competition is the second time this particular contest has been held, the first being at the 2006 ICAZ meeting in Mexico City. We commend all of the 2010 contestants for their excellent entries.

A panel of five judges from the ICAZ International Committee evaluated the entries with the primary criterion being the presentation’s value for reuse in teaching or research. We are grateful for their careful consideration of the entries.


2010 Judges:
Laszlo Bartosiewicz University of Budapest; ICAZ President
Canan Carkilar Tuebingen University
Elizabeth Reitz University of Georgia, Athens
Jean-Denis Vigne Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris
Terry O'Connor University of York



1st Place:

David Orton (University of Cambridge) wins $500 for the project "The skeleton as map: using GIS technology to facilitate the display and dissemination of anatomical data."

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Judging Comments:

This is a meticulous piece of work that shows a witty combination of methods. Orton’s approach is quite novel, in the sense of finding a new (and maybe better) way of doing something that we find useful to do. His work is certainly re-usable, adaptable and extendable.

About the Winner: David Orton received his PhD from Cambridge in 2008, following an MSc in zooarchaeology at York and an undergraduate degree in archaeology and anthropology, also from Cambridge. His thesis concerned the role of animals in social change during the Balkan Neolithic, and is partially published through articles in World Archaeology and International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, with further works in press. While the Balkan Neolithic remains a primary interest, his research has since diversified with post-doctoral positions studying Halaf fauna from Fıstıklı Höyük (Turkey) at SUNY Binghamton, and latterly using biomolecular data to explore the origins of the medieval European cod trade, working with James Barrett back at Cambridge. Meanwhile, he is the zooarchaeologist for the Chalcolithic West Mound project at Çatalhöyük. Thematic research interests include the theory of human-animal relations, the role of taphonomy in social zooarchaeology, and integration of scientific and interpretive archaeologies.


2nd Place:

Jillian Garvey (La Trobe University) wins $200 in books from the David Brown Book Company for her project "Bennett’s wallaby marrow quality vs quantity: Evaluating human decision-making and seasonal occupation in late Pleistocene Tasmania."

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Judging Comments:

Garvey’s work is a multidisciplinary study based on extensive research. It is supplied in a usefully dismantled state, parts of which could be re-used in lectures on various topics, particularly methodology.

About the Winner: Jillian Garvey is a zooarchaeologist with formal training in archaeology and zoology, and she is interested in prehistoric human hunting and subsistence strategies, as well as environmental and ecological reconstruction of faunal communities. Jillian comes from a palaeontological background where during her PhD she focused on the palaeoecology and palaeocommunity of an Early Carboniferous fish locality from the Snowy Plains Formation, Mansfield Basin, Victoria, by considering the vertebrate material, microfossils, plants, tracefossils, taphonomy and geology. Her current research focuses on the zooarchaeology of late Pleistocene south-west Tasmania, and aims to provide a better understanding of human subsistence strategies and the palaeoecology of the region during the Last Glacial Maximum. (More)

About the Competition:

The Junior Researcher Open Zooarchaeology Prize is one of a series of open archaeology prize competitions organized by the Alexandria Archive Institute with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and sponsorship from the David Brown Book Company.

Read more about the Open Zooarchaeology prize here and other Open Archaeology Prize competitions here.


October 20, 2010

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