Postgraduate Zooarchaeology ForumSkulls

An informal conference and networking event for postgraduate and early career zooarchaeology researchers

When: 3rd & 4th November, 2012
Where: University of Sheffield, Humanities Research Institute (HRI), Gell Street, Sheffield
Abstract deadline: October 1st, 2012 Registration Deadline: October 19th, 2012

About PZAF

PZAF provides a friendly forum for postgraduate (both Masters and PhD) and early career zooarchaeology researchers to present their research and to meet and socialise with others in a similar position. The event is hosted by the University of Sheffield Zooarchaeology Laboratory and presentations may take place over either one or two days depending on demand. PZAF aims to act as a springboard from which people will feel encouraged to present at larger academic conferences, and we welcome submissions from all stages of research.

The first PZAF took place at Cardiff University in November 2009 (organised by Richard Madgwick). It was a great success, with 17 papers and 7 posters presented by researchers from institutions across Europe. Overall there were more than 40 attendees. In the evening we went for a meal, followed by an intense but convivial game of skittles at a local pub. The following August at ICAZ 2010 in Paris, Roz Gillis organised a PZAF speed-networking event which gave attendees the opportunity to meet young ICAZ members from around the world. Again, the event was a success; so many people attended that we struggled to fit in the auditorium! With the latest PZAF meeting in Sheffield we have returned to a conference-style event which we hope will continue in the tradition of the previous two.

Conference Information

The deadline for abstract submission for oral presentations and posters is the 1st October. The registration deadline is the 19th October. All participants and presenters need to register by completing the downloadable registration form on the right of this page.

The conference is held in November in order to maximise the number of new postgraduate students who can benefit from attending the event. In particular, this timing will allow recent Masters students an opportunity to present their completed dissertation research, while also accommodating new PhD candidates in the early stages of their work. In addition to the academic aspect of this event, PZAF is also dedicated to networking, and opportunities to socialise in an informal environment will also be on the agenda. Optional social gatherings for dinner and drinks will take place on Saturday night, and a fieldtrip around Sheffield is scheduled for Sunday.

Oral and poster presentations are restricted to zooarchaeology students and early career researchers, although attendance by the wider academic and professional community is encouraged to maximise networking opportunities and knowledge transfer.

Every effort has been made to keep costs to a minimum, and the event has a £10 registration fee. This fee will cover tea and coffee, Saturday lunch, and a wine reception in the evening. Payment details are included on the registration form. Accommodation, where possible, can be arranged with Sheffield postgraduate students. Alternatively, there is a downloadable list of affordable local hostels/hotels available on the right of the page.

Proceedings of the conference will be published in a special issue of Assemblage, the Sheffield graduate journal of archaeology. Presenters will have the opportunity to submit their presentation/poster as a paper to the PZAF issue. As a journal for early career researches and postgrads, Assemblage offers a great opportunity to gain experience submitting and revising a peer-reviewed article and will provide presenters with a publication credit.

Conference Schedule

Saturday 3rd November 2012

9:00–9:30 Registration


9:30–9:50 Welcome


Anna Spyrou - University College London
Animal procurement and processing in the Middle Epipalaeolithic
of the Southern Levant: Ethnographic and archaeological implications of storage and social organization


Rita Dias - Núcleo de Arqueologia e Paleoecologia da Universidade do Algarve
Small vertebrates from the Muge Mesolithic Shellmiddens: A Socio-economic perspective


Harry Robson, Søren H. Andersen, Oliver Craig & Kenneth Ritchie
University of York & Moesgård Museum
Eel fishing in the late Mesolithic and the early Neolithic: A preliminary report from the stratified kitchen midden at Havnø, Denmark


10:50–11:10 Break


Miroslawa Zabilska - Nicholas Copernicus University
Fish and fishing strategies on the southern Baltic Sea coast during V-IV millennium BC: New archaeoichthyological data from the settlement at Dąbki (Poland)


Laura Llorente - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Herders or hunters? Discriminating economy practices by phalanx breakage patterns in Cova Fosca (Castellón, Spain)


George Kazantzis - University of Sheffield
Zooarchaeology of the Late Neolithic Strymon River Valley: The Case of the Greek Sector of Promachon – Topolnica Settlement


Mikolaj Lisowski - ArchGeo
A pit filled with pigs: Investigation of butchery and
consumption of pork from the Middle/Late Neolithic pit from the site of Widziszewo 17, Poland


12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:10 Laboratory Tours


Rachel Applefield, Corina Liesau von Lettow-Vorbeck & Arantxa Daza Perea
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Consumption refuse or bone workshop refuse? A general fauna study derailed by the overshadowing presence of bone tools


Sofia Tecce - University of Sheffield
Processing and consumption of prey in the Estancia Pueyrredón 2 site (Santa Cruz, Argentina)


Ashleigh Harruda - University of Exeter
Sheep breeds in Bronze Age Kazakhstan: A geometric morphometric approach


Jane Sanford - University of Cambridge
Biometry, domesticate translocation and Greek colonisation: Examples from Magna Graecia and Dalmatia


15:30–15:50 Break


David Roberts & Clare Rainsford
University of York & York Archaeological Trust
Taboo or Not Taboo? The absence of fish in the Iron Age


Angela Trentacoste - University of Sheffield
The Etruscans and their animals: The zooarchaeology
of Forcello di Bagnolo San Vito (Mantova)


Callum Allsop - Cardiff University


Rachel Hesse - Oxford University
Zooarchaeology and the Roman garden: Table scraps, butchered bones, and offerings to the gods


17:10–17:30 Discussion


17:30 Wine Reception


19:30 Dinner (optional)

Sunday 4th November 2012

9:00–9:30 Coffee


Zoe Barras - Bournemouth University, School of Applied Science
A study to investigate the deposition histories and possible ritual deposition of horse and cattle skulls at the Iron Age/Romano-British enclosure settlement at North Down Farm, Dorset


Clare Rainsford - York Archaeological Trust
Residuality and research potential: A view from Hungate


Ellen Mcmanus, Kate Britton, Keith Dobney & Rick Knecht
University of Aberdeen & Max Plank Institute
Zooarchaeology and stable isotope analysis: An integrated approach to a Western Alaskan faunal assemblage


Silvia Valenzuela Lamas & José Maria Pozo-Soler - University of Sheffield
Teeth are not enough: Reconstructing mortality profiles using Bayesian statistics


10:50–11:10 Break


Vera Pereira - Universidade de Coimbra, CEAUCP, Portugal
Vertebrates from Portela 3: Zooarchaeological insight into an Islamic village


Marcos García García - University of Sheffield
Faunal remains from Madinah Ilbirah: Animal economy and status in a medieval Islamic town in southern Spain


Andrea Gonzalez-Ibanez - Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Oribatid fauna from the Early Middle Age assemblage of Tabacalera (Gijón, Spain): Paleoenviromental approach


12:10–12:30 Discussion


12:30 Lunch (optional)


14:00 Excursion (optional)







Lenny Salvagno - University of Sheffield
The neglected goat: A methodological approach to the understanding of the role of this species in English medieval husbandry


Lizzie Wright - University of Sheffield
The morphological variability of the Iberian aurochs


Mikolaj Lisowski - ArchGeo
Hides and horn sheaths: A case study of processed skulls and horn cores from the Early-Middle Neolithic site of Kopydlowo 6, Poland


Please contact Lizzie Wright ( or Angela Trentacoste ( for further information, or if you are looking to find accommodation with one of our postgraduate students.