ICAZ 2023 Cairns

At the

14th International Council for Archaeozoology ICAZ conference 

to be held from 7.-12. August 2023 in Cairns, Australia

a session wil take place entitled

Bone and Shell Fishhooks: A Close Up into Fishing Technology to Explore Knowledge, Tradition, Exchange, Migration and Beyond

Session organizer: Carola Flores Fernandez

Session abstract
Fishing has been a central activity for coastal and marine societies around the world. Fishhooks made on bones and shells are present in archaeological sites dated from at least 30000 years BP to Roman times and historic periods. A great variety of types, shapes and sizes evidences their use in different habitat, for different prey, and under different techniques. Also, their manufacture marks can reveal technological gestures, innovations, and transformations. In addition, the nature of animal raw material used for hook manufacturing, can tell us about artisanal tradition, ecological local knowledge, as well as about movement of people and natural resources.
Under this context, the proposed session seeks to assemble a group of researchers from around the world, to share their studies on fishhooks. Questions about manufacture techniques, context of use, changes of hook characteristics in time, in space, and the social and economic motives and implications of hook´s characteristics and changes are welcome.
The session will be an opportunity to share case studies, methodological and theorical approaches towards the study of fishhook production and use within coastal and maritime societies.

Submission deadline:
Papers will be open for submission between the 4th of January and the 21st of February 2023.