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9th Meeting of ASWA - to honour the contribution of Hans-Peter Uerpmann and Francois Poplin
to the Archaeozoology of Southwest Asia

15-20 November 2008
Mercure Hotel, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi emirate, United Arab Emirates

organised by:
Marjan Mashkour (Muséum national d'histoire naturelle / CNRS, Paris, France) &
Mark Beech (Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, Abu Dhabi, UAE)

sponsored by:



Abu Dhabi, 13 January 2009

Dear Colleagues,

Happy New Year! It was a real pleasure to have those of you who were able to come to Al Ain and we missed those who were unable to attend. We would like to remind you of the discussions and questions which arose at the plenary session. The first question concerned the next ASWA meeting. The only proposal was Brussels in Belgium. The organizers will soon send the announcement for ASWA 10 which will be held in 2011.

The publication of ASWA 8 is practically finished. Emmanuelle Vila and Lionnel Gourichon brought the 2 volume draft copies of the final version. ASWA 8 is being published by La Maison de l'Orient in Lyon.

ASWA 9 will be published either by Oxbow Books and/or ARC. We will soon inform you of news concerning this matter. As for the most important point, the deadline for the submission of the papers for ASWA 9 is 1st June 2009.

Those delegates who could not be with us at the last moment, but who sent their abstracts in advance, had their abstracts published in the conference booklet, see:

We urge you to submit your paper in time, since we will have a considerable amount of editorial work to undertake. ASWA has had until now a policy of not limiting the publication volume. This has provided a unique opportunity for our group to publish raw data. We also do not have a reviewing policy, beyond the editing carried out by the main editors. We are going to submit a proposal to Oxbow Books and will need to have a clear idea of the papers that will be published. Please therefore send us an email with the Title and authors of the paper you want to submit for the ASWA 9 volume. Please also give us an approximate idea of the length of your paper, i.e. number of pages, including number of tables, graphs, figures, etc.

We plan to continue updating the website occasionally. Please send us any interesting pictures from the conference which you are happy to share (e.g. individual or group pictures taken during the conference and/or excursions). In the meantime take a look at a few pictures we have uploaded to the ASWA 9 Photo Gallery.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Marjan Mashkour and Mark Beech


10 November 2008

Al Ain to host five-day scientific meet (Source: Zawya.com)

9 November 2008

Al Ain to host five-day scientific meet (Source: Gulf News)

30 October 2008

Archaeozoologists Meet in Abu Dhabi in November (Source: UAE Interact.com)

29 October 2008

Archaeozoologists meet in Abu Dhabi in November (Source: Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage)

(Source: Middle East Online)

Archaeozoologists meet in Abu Dhabi (Source: Middle East Online)

Camel discovery to feature at forum
(Source: The National)

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