Hello to all zooarchers,
        Here is our proposal for an ICAZ 2006 session on:

An Archaeology of Zoos: histories, material culture, conservation

This session will bring together recent studies on zoos from an archaeological perspective. An archaeological approach to zoos can be undertaken on many levels, from a consideration of human-animal interactions, through landscape analysis of the zoo setting to the study of the remains of the animals themselves. The aim is not only to make a novel contribution to the understanding of zoo animals and their (past) cultural contexts but also to underline the potential of an archaeological perspective within the emerging interdisciplinary field of Zoo Studies. The results of such studies will inform much more than just archaeology, as there is scope for input into areas such as history and modern conservation biology.

ICAZ 2006 in Mexico City is a particularly appropriate place to host this session, as until the arrival of the conquistadors in 1519 they possessed the largest zoo known in the Americas. It is hoped that this session will receive contributions from researchers in exotic animals and material culture from a wide chronological and biogeographical range. These could encompass topics from the earliest gardens of Mesopotamia, through the menageries of the last Millennia in the Old and New Worlds, to our understanding of human and exotic animal interactions today. These historical aspects will underpin the more traditional archaeozoological analyses of the skeletal remains of zoo animals themselves.

Please contact any of the organisers below if you would like to participate in the session, as offers of papers are currently being invited.

Hannah O'Regan (Liverpool John Moores University, UK. E-mail: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>), Sally Reynolds (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. E-mail:  [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>), and Cornelius Holtorf (University of Lund, Sweden. E-mail: [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

Best Wishes,

Dr Hannah J. O'Regan,
Research Centre in Evolutionary Anthropology and Palaeoecology,
School of Biological & Earth Sciences,
Liverpool John Moores University,
L3 3AF.
Tel: 0151 231 2180
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

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