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 Laura Beovide. We look forward to seeing you there! Please check the NZWG blog for more information, including the book of abstracts.

Before formally becoming a Working Group, the session "Neotropical Zooarchaeology and Taphonomy" was held at the 10th International Conference of ICAZ in México DF in 2006, and the contributions were published in Quaternary International (Vol. 180, 2008). Then the NZWG was formed and it first met at the 11th ICAZ International Conference in Paris, France, in 2010. The First Academic Meeting was held in June 2012 in Santiago de Chile, jointly organized with NZWG member Isabel Cartajena. These contributions were published in a special issue of the journal Etnobiología. The Second Academic Meeting of the NZWG took place within the 12th ICAZ International Conference in San Rafael, Argentina, in 2014. Contributions to this meeting were published in volume Zooarchaeology in the Neotropics: Environmental diversity and human-animal interactions, edited by Springer in 2017. Also, a workshop on camelid osteology and osteometry was held jointly with the South American camelids session organizers at the 12th ICAZ International Conference in 2014, and a workshop on zooarchaeology laboratories was held at the III ELAZ meeting in Aracaju, Brazil, in 2016. As announced, the Third Academic Meeting of the NZWG is soon being held in San José, Uruguay, and will be published as a special issue of Archaeofauna, International Journal of Archaeozoology (Vol.29, 2019).

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), A. Sebastián Muñoz (amunoz@filo.uba.ar), and Elizabeth Ramos Roca (eramosroca@uniandes.edu.co).

This information was contributed by Mariana Mondini on October 17, 2017.