Session at ICAZ 2023 Cairns

At the

14th International Council for Archaeozoology conference 

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

a session related to bone and shell artefacts wil take place on

• Saturday, 12. August 2023, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, plenary room 1:
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.

• Wednesday, 9. August, 2:00 – 3:00  pm, meeting room M11:
Informal WBRG meeting

• Wednesday, 9. August, 1:30 – 3:30  pm, meeting room M9
Human Modification of Giant Sloth Bones in Brazil: Deep-Investigation of Artifacts from the Last Glacial Maximum
Presentation by Thaís Pansani & Briana Pobiner within the session „Diverse Records of Human and Animal Interactions in the Americas“

• Thursday, 10. August 2023, 4:00 – 5:20 pm, plenary room 1:
Bringing the Strands Together: Forging Consensus on the Study of Worked Hard Osseous Materials
Presentation by Alice Choyke about the history and development of the WBRG within the session „Where Have We Been and Where are We Going? Papers Celebrating 50 Years of Archaeozoology“

Session themes and abstracts
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