Looks great although I miss the inclusion of photographs, have you think about including photos or models of the specimens?

Here at the Australia National University, we just got awarded some funds to create a 3D bone library, with 3D models created by students that will be available to download from an Open Access website. 
I will announce the launch of the website as soon as it happens (around September/October) and once it is running, we will encourage collaborations in the form of requesting new models or including your models in a common database.
Best wishes,


Dr. Sofía C. Samper Carro
Lecturer in Archaeology
School of Archaeology and Anthropology
College of Arts and Social Sciences
AD Hope Building #14
Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
The Australian National University

Research Assistant
Archaeology and Natural History
School of Culture, History and Language
College of Asia and the Pacific
Coombs Building #9
Canberra, ACT 0200, Australia
The Australian National University

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From: Analysis of animal remains from archaeological sites <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Matthew Campbell <[log in to unmask]>
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Looks like a great resource. If we had a New Zealand equivalent it could be the NZNZRR

Matthew Campbell
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On 26/06/2017, at 9:44 PM, David Orton <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

Dear all,

We are delighted to announce the launch of the 'National Zooarchaeological Reference Resource' (NZRR), a specimen-level search portal for vertebrate skeletal collections in the UK. If you've ever found yourself desperately emailing colleagues to find that elusive specimen of chamois, burbot, etc., then this may be the solution.

Funded by a grant from Historic England, the NZRR so far includes data from 10 university zooarchaeology labs, 5 museums, one charitable trust, one private collection, and Historic England's own zooarchaeology lab. We are expecting to add several additional collections in the near future, and welcome further submissions.

The resource is hosted by the Archaeology Data Service and is now live at the following link:
Please take a look, try out some queries, and let us know what you think. Comments on the search interface are particularly welcome: we're still working on this and already have a list of improvements in the pipeline.

Comments are also very welcome from those outside the UK: we're hoping this might develop into an international resource eventually. If anyone knows of similar initiatives in other countries we'd be very glad to hear about them!


David Orton
Eva Fairnell
Dr. David Orton
Lecturer in Zooarchaeology
Director of Studies, MSc in Zooarchaeology<>
BioArCh, Department of Archaeology, University of York