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24th of May

9:30 – 10:00    CONFERENCE OPENING


SESSION 1: Palaeolithic Hunting Party

10:00 – 10:35   Keynote lecture: Archaeozoology in Croatia: A personal perspective

Dr Siniša Radović

Institute for Quaternary Palaeontology and Geology, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Zagreb, Croatia


10:35 – 10:55   Early exploitation of bears in Schöningen and other Palaeolithic open-air sites

Ivo Verheijen1,2

1Forschungsmuseum Schöningen, Germany

2Institute of Prehistory, Early History and Medieval Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities, Tübingen University, Germany


10:55 – 11:15   Counting Fragments: A New Holistic Approach to Quantifying ZooMS-Identified Bone Fragments for Analysis

Megan A. Saunders1, Luca Michaelis1, Susanne C. Münzel1, Keiko Kitagawa2,3, Britt M. Starkovich1,2, Nicholas J. Conard2,3, Samantha Brown1

1Institute for Archaeological Sciences, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

2Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

3Department for Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany


11:15 – 11:35   New data from combining ZooMS and archaeozoology to reconstruct subsistence strategies and paleoenvironmental contexts during the Uluzzian in Italy

Sara Silvestrini1, Federico Lugli1, Matteo Romandini1, Cristina Real2, Eduardo Sommella3, Emanuela Salviati3, Carlo Crescenzi3, Pietro Campiglia3, Carmine Collina4, Marco Peresani5,6, Enza Elena Spinapolice7, Stefano Benazzi1

1Dipartimento di Beni Culturali, Università di Bologna, Ravenna, Italy

2Departament de Prehistòria, Arqueologia i Història Antiga, Universitat de València, València, Spain 3Dipartimento di Farmacia, Università di Salerno, Fisciano, Salerno, Italy

4Museo Civico Archeologico Biagio Greco, Mondragone, Caserta, Italy

5Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Sezione di Scienze Preistoriche e Antropologiche, Università di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

6Istituto di Geologia Ambientale e Geoingegneria, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Milano, Italy

7Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”, Roma, Italy


11:35 – 11:50   Coffee break


11:50 – 12:10   Prey mobility at the Upper Palaeolithic Yana site complex, Russia

Wouter Bonhof

Department of Archaeology, University of Exeter, UK


12:10 – 12:30   The domestication of dogs revisited: Palaeogenetical and morphological data from Goyet Cave

Aristeidis Strimenopoulos

Department of History and History of Art, Facultat de Lletres, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain


12:30 – 12:50   Pleistocene Zooarchaeology and Taphonomy at Abrigo da Buraca da Moira (Central Portugal)

Alexandre Paya1, Telmo Pereira2,3,4,5, Cleia Detry2, Jordi Rosell6, Patrícia Monteiro7,8, Eduardo Paixão8,9,10, David Nora8,10, Sandra Assis11,12, Carlos Simões8, Marina Évora8,13, Vânia Carvalho14, Trenton Holliday15,16

1Independent researcher

2Centro de Geociências da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

3Cooperativa de Ensino Universitário

4Intituto Politécnico de Tomar, Portugal

5Centro de Arqueologia da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

6Institut Català de Paleoecologia Humana i Evolució Social, Tarragona, Spain

7Laboratório de Arqueociências, Direção Geral do Património Cultural, Portugal

8Interdisciplinary Centre for Archaeology and Evolution of Human Behaviour, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal

9 Laboratory for Traceology and Controlled Experiments, Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution, Neuwied, Germany

10The Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

11Center for Research in Anthropology, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Lisabon, Portugal

12Centro de Investigação em Antropologia e Saúde, Departamento de Ciências da Vida, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

13Centro de Estudos Globais, Departamento de Ciências Sociais e Gestão, Universidade Aberta, Portugal

14Museu de Leiria, Câmara Municipal de Leiria, Portugal

15Tulane University, New Orleans, USA

16Centre for the Exploration of the Deep Human Journey, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa


12:50 – 14:20   Lunch break

SESSION 2: Ironing the Antiquity

14:20 – 14:55   Keynote lecture: A horse with a name. A journey through the human-horse relationship in the Early Iron Age southeastern Alpine region

Dr Borut Toškan

Research Centre SAZU, Institute of Archaeology, Ljubljana, Slovenia


14:55 – 15:15   Ritual patterns? Exploring the taphonomy of the Late Hellenistic site of Vodica, Northeastern Bulgaria

Stella Nikolova

National Archaeological Institute of Bulgaria, Sofia, Bulgaria


15:15 – 15:35   Feast, Famine or Fancy: Iron Age relationships to marine molluscs


Holly Young

Institute of Archaeology, Orkney College, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK


15:35 – 15:55   Canid Caves: The Fauna of Fishmonger’s Swallet

Jessica Peto1, Jacqui Mulville2, Julia Best2

1University of Exeter, Devon, UK

2School of History, Archaeology and Religion, University of Cardiff, UK


15:55 – 16:10   Coffee break


16:10 – 16:30   Morphological diversity of dogs from Przeworsk culture in the territory of Poland

Zuzanna Majbrodzka

Institute of Archaeology, Faculty of History, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland


16:30 – 16:50   The Roman Equids from Lisbon: the remains of Praça da Figueira and Sommer

Ana Beatriz Santos1, Roshan Paladugu2

1Centro de Arqueologia da Universidade de Lisboa; Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

2Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany


16:50 – 17:10   The Late Antique dietary habits in Western Serbia: a case study of the Čačak – Dvorište Gimnazije site

Mladen Mladenović1, Teodora Mladenović2, Katarina Dmitrović3

1Institute of Archaeology, Belgrade, Serbia

2Laboratory for Bioarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia

3National Museum Čačak, Serbia


17:10 – 17:45   Keynote lecture: Vets as Archaeozoologists

Prof Tajana Trbojević Vukičević, PhD, DVM

Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb

25th of May  


Krapina Neanderthal Museum

Trakošćan castle

26th of May

SESSION 3: Historical Beasts (and Where to Find Them)

10:00 – 10:35   Keynote lecture: What do geneticists do in zooarchaeology?

Prof Vlatka Čubrić Čurik

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Animal Science, Laboratory for archaeogenetics


10:35 – 10:55   From the wetlands to the farmyard: The presence and role of domestic geese and ducks in Zuid Holland, 150-1700 AD

Noé de Segovia de Kraker

Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University, Holland


10:55 – 11:15   Bones of the Northumbrian Landscape – A New Zooarchaeology of Jarrow Anglo-Saxon Monastery

Megan Leake

Department of Archaeology, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University, UK


11:15 – 11:30   Coffee break


11:30 – 11:50   Underrated for too long? Guinea pigs in pre-colonial Peru

Céline Erauw

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, UK


11:50 – 12:10  Identifying cultural and dietary changes through archaeozoology: a case study from the early modern stratum in the area of the El Kal Viejo (Old) Synagogue in Belgrade

Maja Kokanović

Laboratory for Bioarchaeology, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia


12:10 – 12:30   Poster session


12:30 – 14:00   Lunch break

SESSION 4: Neolithic Workshop

14:00 – 14:35   Keynote lecture: Animal disease and archaeology

Dr László Bartosiewicz

Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden


14:35 – 14:55   Aurochs to Cattle: investigating the Mesolithic – Neolithic Transition in the Basque Country using Sequential Strontium, Oxygen and Carbon Isotopes

Hector Kelly1, Jacob I. Griffith2,3, Richard Madgwick1, Roger Alcantara Fors1,6, Javier Ordoño4, Alfonso Alday5, Christophe Snoeck2,3

1School of History Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University, UK

2Research Unit: Analytical, Environmental & Geo-Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

3Multidisciplinary Archaeological Research Institute, Department of Art Sciences and Archaeology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

4Department of Archaeology and New Technologies, Arkikus, Spain

5Departamento de Geografía, Prehistoria y Arqueología, Universidad del País Vasco, Spain

6Departament de Prehistòria, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain


14:55 – 15:15   Domestic animals in the early Neolithic of the Pannonian Plain: animal husbandry and patterns of settlement seasonality at the Gospođinci-Nove zemlje site

Danica Grujić

Institute of Archaeology, Belgrade, Serbia


15:15 – 15:35   Re-writing archaeology. The Chiomonte-La Maddalena Neolithic alpine site (Piedmont, Italy): review and integration of zooarchaeological assessment from 1988 to 2022

Alessia Monticone1,2, Elisa Panero2, Beatrice Demarchi1

1Università degli Studi di Torino, Dipartimento Scienze della Vita e Biologia dei Sistemi, Torino, Italy

2Ministero della Cultura, Musei Reali di Torino, Torino, Italy


15:35 – 15:55   Fashion Objects or Religious Trend? About the animal perforated teeth in the funerary caves from the Carvalhal de Aljubarrota valley (Alcobaça,Portugal) during the 4th and 3rd millennium BCE

Cátia Delicado1,2

1Centro de Arqueologia da Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

2Centro de Investigação em Antropologia e Saúde da Universidade de Coimbra; Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal


15:55 – 16:10   Coffee break

SESSION 5: Archaeozoology – Making the World a Better Place

16:10 – 16:30   Isotope provenancing of modern moose in Scandinavia: a computational workflow for (zoo)archaeological applications

Elena Armaroli1, Federico Lugli1,2, Anna Cipriani1,3, Thomas Tütken4

1Department of Chemical and Geological Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

2Department of Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna, Ravenna, Italy

3Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, New York, USA

4Institute of Geosciences, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany


16:30 – 16:50   The Deer Turn: Reimagining Nature and Culture Duality Through Human – Red Deer Relations in Scotland’s Archaeological Past

Kath Page

Institute of Archaeology, Orkney College, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK


16:50 – 17:10   Osteological Re-analysis of Falconry in Britian: A Case Study of Raptors from Faccombe Netherton

Hannah D. Britton1, Naomi Sykes1, Stuart Black2

1University of Exeter, Devon, UK

2University of Reading, Berkshire, UK


17:10 – 17:30   A Future for Fallow Deer: Management and Repercussion

Jack Sudds

Archaeology Department, University of Exeter, Devon, UK


17:30 – 17:50   ARCHAEOWILD: Modern problems require ancient perspectives

Dimitrije Marković1, Mirko Vranić1, Amalia Sabanov1, Teodora Mladenović1, Teodora Radišić1, Mihailo Radinović1

1Laboratory for Bioarchaeology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia


17:50               CLOSING CEREMONY


19:00               Conference dinner

                        Fakin Craft Bar

  • Animal resources in Medieval Torres Novas (Central Portugal): A zooarchaeological perspective from the Christian context of Prédio Alvarenga

Patrícia Aleixo1, Marco Liberato2

1Independent researcher

2Centro de Estudos em Arqueologia, Artes e Ciências do Património, Coimbra, Portugal


  • Preliminary results of faunal analysis from Mtsvane Gora, Georgia

Alexander Symons

Department of Anthropology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA 


  • Unravelling Pre-Roman Iron Age Livelihoods: An analysis of animal remains from Horodca Mică and Ulmu sites in Moldova

Ismini Venetatou1,2

1Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin, Germany


  • Pigging out: Food at a Manor House in Medieval Walles

Gillian Scholz1

1Cardiff University, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, UK.