International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ)
The International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ, http://www.alexandriaarchive.org/icaz/) is devoted to the study of human-animal relationships over time using archaeological evidence. Archaeozoologists have contributed to studies of human impact on the environment on a national level. However, international comparisons between sites are indispensable in such projects. Research questions and methods need to be carefully coordinated. ICAZ is dedicated to promoting communication between archaeozoologists worldwide coordinating policies of recovery and analysis. International cooperation has been a key to understanding, e.g., past impacts of climate change or cultural diversity in ancient diets.
History, Growth, and Impact
Archaeozoology began in mid-nineteenth-century Europe. In 1851 Japetus Steenstrup and his team established the artificial nature of prehistoric shell middens in Denmark. Help by the paleontologist Ludwig Rütimeyer (Bartosiewicz 2001) was enlisted in...
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