Taphonomy Working Group


In the Fall 2009 International Committee (IC) approved the establishment of the Taphonomy Working Group. The first meeting to set up this working group will be during the 11th ICAZ Conference on Friday 27th August, 17:30 – 18:30 pm.


The number of professionals working on taphonomy is steadily increasing and their contribution to prestigious scientific journals is becoming a regular trend. However, no formal international forum specific to taphonomy exists in which scholars can disseminate new research and exchange knowledge and experience. The Taphonomy Working Group (TWG) aims to fill this void and encourage wider dissemination and greater collaboration and inter-disciplinarity in taphonomic research. Key subjects may include (but are not restricted to):


·  Diachronic and regional differences in the butchering process: identification and interpretation at prehistoric sites

·  Approaches to anthropogenic bone breakage interpretation

·  Equifinality in  body part representation: human behaviour versus attrition

·  Carnivores: experimental studies, methods of recognition

·  Other biological agents: weathering, birds, rodents, insects, etc and their effect on the deposit

·  The structural properties of bone and the susceptibility of different classes of remains to modification and destruction.

·  Approaches to diagenesis (including histology, isotopic, ADNA…)



The agenda of this brief meeting will be:
- Information about the aims and future activities
- Discussion and decision about the place and time of the next scientific meeting.
- Other questions

All interested researchers are invited to participate and/or to join the TWG!


Please contact with the Coordinator and Liaison if you are interested to attend to this brief meeting: Ana Belen Marín [log in to unmask]





Ana Belén Marín Arroyo, Ph.D

Research Associate

Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies

University of Cambridge

The Henry Wellcome Building

Fitzwilliam Street

CB2 1QH   Cambridge – UK

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