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Marine Mammal Working Group (International Council for Archaeozoology)

Marine Mammal Working Group (International Council for Archaeozoology), 20-21 September 2019, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge
When Sep 20, 2019 09:00 AM to
Sep 21, 2019 06:00 PM
Where McDonald Institute Seminar Room, Courtyard Building, Downing Street
Contact Name
Contact Phone +44 (0)1223 339287
Attendees ABSTRACTS DUE 1 May
2019. To register email
icazmarinemammals@
gmail.com
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The second meeting of the Marine Mammal Working Group will be held over two days, 20th-21st September 2019.

Day 1 will focus on the exploitation of marine mammals/marine resources under the impact of environmental change. Marine mammals – seals, whales and dolphins – have been exploited through time by coastal societies around the globe. This session aims to explore how environmental events and climatic change may have affected marine mammal population dynamics and how humans responded to (and/or contributed to) such events. Specifically, we would like to discuss how environmental events and/or climatic change affected the habitat, ecology and breeding/foraging behaviour of different marine mammal species and how it is possible to explore and methodologically approach such questions in archaeological faunal assemblages. How did humans adjust their subsistence patterns and their hunting strategies in changing environments? Did they influence their aquatic  environments?

Humpback whale diving & walrus surfacing
Humpback diving (photo: Terry Howard CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0); walrus surfacing (photo: Kit Kovacs and Christian Lydersen, Norwegian Polar Institute)

Day 2 is an open call for presentations on new marine mammal research across the spectrum of archaeological and interdisciplinary approaches. Relevant contributions may include (but are not limited to) work involving zooarchaeology, DNA (ancient and modern), ZooMS, stable isotopes and history. Papers bridging the humanities and sciences are especially welcome.

The deadline for paper titles and abstracts (of c.150 words) is 1 May 2019.

Registration for speakers and non-speakers is by email (please include name, affiliation, address and any dietary requirements). All workshop correspondence can be addressed to

Lunches and tea/coffee will be provided (free for speakers, £45 for non-speakers). Participants are requested to organise their own accommodation, for which the Visit Cambridge website may prove helpful.

 

 

 

 

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