Please find details of the forthcoming ICAZ Archaeozoology and Genetics
Meeting to be held in the McDonald Institute, Cambridge University on the
18-19th of July. Please feel free to contact either myself or Mim Bower
for further details or to send your Abstracts and Titles.
Archaeozoology and Genetics ICAZ working group
Second Scientific Meeting
18th and 19th June 2005,
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
Zooarchaeology, as a sub-discipline, has advanced a great deal in recent
years by incorporating a multidisciplinary approach to the development of
both its methodological and theoretical perspectives. This has
significantly altered our understanding and interpretation of some of the
most pertinent questions within Archaeology. Archaeogenetics, and its
application to the study of faunal remains, has perhaps benefited most;
recent research has had an incredible impact on our appreciation for when
animal domestication occurred, one of the most exceptional example being
that of Canis familiaris.
However, the study of ancient DNA is not restricted to interpreting how
and when humans first created the ‘domestic menagerie’; enhancements in
the techniques used to analyse DNA, coupled with an improved appreciation
for issues of degradation / contamination and preservation of this unique
material, herald a new era of ‘science in archaeology’.
The International Council for Archaeozoology “Archaeozoology and Genetics”
working group was founded in 2002 to promote communication and to promote
good working practices and fruitful collaboration within and between these
disparate fields. Following on from last year’s successful inaugural
meeting in Paris, the Second Archaeozoology and Genetics ICAZ Working
Group meeting, will be held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological
Research, University of Cambridge, UK on the 18th and 19th June 2005.
Call for Papers
Papers and posters are invited on archaeozoology and/or archaeogenetics in
the exploration of human and animal past life-ways.
Paper topics may include (but are not limited to):
• The genetic history of domesticated animals
• Human-animal interactions and life-ways
• Taphonomy of archaeozoological research material
• The extraction and analysis of ancient DNA
• The preservation and microtaphonomy of biomolecules
Please send your title and a short abstract by the 15th May 2005.
Registration forms can be obtained from the organisers, and will shortly
be downloadable from the conference website.
The deadline for registration is the 1st June 2005
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research,
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