International Council
for Archaeozoology

Microvertebrate Working Group

  MVWG members during our first meeting in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, Spain)

The Microvertebrate Working Group (MVWG) was developed by Angel Blanco-Lapaz and Sara E. Rhodes in 2016 as a forum for the exchange of data and information related to the study of insectivore, rodent, bat, reptile and amphibian assemblages from archaeological deposits. Microvertebrate research is interdisciplinary in nature incorporating information from various professional fields (particularly vertebrate taxonomy and anatomy) and studies of these material remains are published in various mediums including international journals, regional bulletins, museum archival reports, monographs and technical papers, which often cross time periods and geographic regions. The overarching goal of the MVWG is to provide a platform for the exchange of this scientific literature and to increase communication between academics, professionals, and graduate students with research interests related to microvertebrates. To accomplish this, the MVWG provides a biannual newsletter including a list of recent publications via email and posted on our private website (which is currently under construction). To join the MVWG as a registered member, or to add your contact information to the electronic newsletter mailing list contact:

The Microvertebrate Working Group also provides a forum for the discussion of new methods and reports related to small animals via our biennial meetings and supported conference workshops. The first MVWG meeting took place September 13th 2016 at the Museo Arqueológico Regional, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, and the conference website is archived here: Our second meeting was held in Ankara, Turkey as part of the 13th ICAZ International Conference from Sept. 2 – 7th, 2018.

The third biennial MVWG will be held in Tarragona (Spain) in September 2020 and hosted by the Dr. Juan Manuel López-García and Dr. Hugues-Alexander Blain of the Catalan Institute of Human Paleoecology and Social Evolution (IPHES).

Coordinator: Angel Blanco-Lapaz, M.Sc. Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironment (HEP), Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Universität Tübingen ( AT

ICAZ Liaison: Sara E. Rhodes, M.Sc. Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie, Universität Tübingen (sara.rhodes AT

This page was updated by Sara E. Rhodes and Angel Blanco-Lapaz on Sept. 25, 2018.