7-12 August 2023 // Cairns, Australia

– Welcome –

We are excited to welcome you to the 14th International Council for Archaeozoology Conference, to be held at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. This is the first time the conference will be held in Australia and we are eager to share this amazing land with conference delegates.

The major theme for the conference is ‘Oceans and Coastline – Past, Present and Future’. The location of the conference on the doorstep of the internationally renowned Great Barrier Reef provides an opportunity to consider the ecological dynamism in which ancient cultures are embedded, and how they shape and are shaped by place. The rising and falling of sea levels, the transformations of coastlines through time and the shifting array of available resources is a context that resonates well beyond the Great Barrier Reef. In various ways this context frames prehistoric narratives throughout the world, as well as directly speaking to contemporary discussions of climate change, so clearly highlighted to the world by COP26. The long-term perspective provided by archaeology permits both environmental change and cultural corollary to be viewed as long-term structures, giving archaeology the unique ability to inform upon current models and projections. This theme speaks to finding our voice in this arena and demonstrating that zooarchaeology has a very real role to play.

We look forward to welcoming you!

– Call for Sessions –

– Important Dates –

  • Call for Sessions Opens – 20 September 2022
  • Call for Sessions Closes – 30 November 2022
  • Session Acceptances Issued – 15 December 2022
  • Call for Abstracts Opens – 16 December 2022
  • Call for Abstracts Closes – 31 January 2023
  • Abstract Acceptances Issued – 15 February 2023
  • Registration Opens – 1 November 2022
  • Early Bird Closes – 1 April 2023
  • Presenter Registration Closes – 1 April 2023
  • Draft Program Released – 30 April 2023
  • Conference – 7 to 12 August 2023

– Keynote Speakers –

Keith Dobney

Keith is an archaeologist, but one that’s fascinated by the biology of the past and how that intersects with and impacts human behaviour and cultural development. He has always been excited by the inherent cross-disciplinary nature of archaeology as a field of study, which has enabled him to engage with a range of other disciplines where he’s learnt new things from inspiring colleagues and students.

Todd Braje

Todd Braje is a Professor of Anthropology at San Diego State University specializing in long-term human-environmental interactions, the archaeology of maritime societies, historical ecological approaches to understanding coastal hunter-gatherer-fishers, and the peopling of the New World.

Melinda Zeder

Melinda is an archaeologist and Curator Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Her zooarchaeological research has revolutionized understandings of animal domestication in the Old World. Her research focuses on the origins of plant and animal domestication, and the impacts of agriculture on human prehistory.

– Social Media –

– Cairns –

Cairns, in Tropical North Queensland, is best known as the gateway to the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforests, and the only place in the world where two world natural heritage listed sites meet. These unique attributes position the region as a popular tourist destination and have resulted in the development of a diverse range of tourism facilities and opportunities.

The Great Barrier Reef is undisputed as one of the world’s most important natural assets with over 2,800 individual reefs and 616 islands. The Wet Tropics Rainforest is one of the most diverse and beautiful examples of Mother Nature. It is home to the largest range of plants and animals and the oldest rainforest on earth. There are a number of fabulous spots for swimming as well as the award-winning Cairns Esplanade Lagoon pool which is free to the public and one of the most popular spots in Cairns. The Cairns region is home to a number of interesting museums and a large number of art galleries showcasing quality local artists, indigenous artists and international work.

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Image credits

Great Barrier Reef image by Ayanadak123, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Fossil Image background by Alejandro Quintanar
Cairns Image by Imaposter, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons