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This is the website of the Stable Isotopes in Zooarchaeology Working Group of the International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ).

The working group aims to bridge the gap between “traditional” osteoarchaeology and stable isotope analysis in archaeology, which can and should be used to investigate similar questions about the past, as well as improve their integration within research planning and design, methodology, and application. It will provide a valuable platform for communication amongst those who consider themselves zooarchaeologists, stable isotope analysts, or both. The group already has over 35 members and those who are interested can sign up for the mailing list by emailing zooarchisotopes@jiscmail.ac.uk

The formation of the group was spurred by the success of the one-day conference “Integrating Zooarchaeology and Stable Isotope Analyses“, held 21 June 2012 at the University of Cambridge. Many of the conference attendees are now working group members. Future conferences are expected to take place biennially and planning is currently underway. If you are interested in becoming involved, please email Suzanne Pilaar Birch, ICAZ coordinator and liaison for the group.

The proceedings of the 2012 conference were published as a special issue, “Zooarchaeology and Stable Isotope Analyses” (S.E. Pilaar Birch and K. Kirsanow, ed.) in the journal Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences (Springer, June 2013). The working group is also actively engaged in compiling a bibliography of relevant literature, which is available on this site and regularly updated.

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