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ARCHAEOZOOLOGY OF SOUTHWEST ASIA AND ADJACENT AREAS

9th Meeting of ASWA
15-20 November 2008
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 the:

Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH)
French Embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Bank of Sharjah
Dassault Aviation
Thales
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Mercure Hotel - Jebel Hafit


Download the 9th ASWA Meeting Booklet:
[This is broken down into more manageable chunks to download]
ASWA booklet (pages 1-9) (3.6 MB)
ASWA booklet (pages 10-31)
(4.7 MB)
ASWA booklet (pages 32-45)
(6.3 MB)
ASWA booklet (pages 46-57)
(6.7 MB)


9th ASWA PROGRAMME

Saturday 15 November 2008

ASWA delegates arrive and check into the Mercure Hotel.
Conference registration from 4 p.m. onwards

Sunday 16 November 2008 (Day 1 - Conference Papers)

TIME SPEAKER
9.00 - 9.10 Welcoming Address, Senior representative from ADACH
9.10 - 9.20 Introductory Address, Senior representative from French Embassy
9.20 - 9.40 General points about logistics & organisation of the conference
9.40 - 10.00

Sophie MERY (1), Mark BEECH (2) and Vincent CHARPENTIER (3)
(1) CNRS UMR 7041, Paris, France.
(2) Historic Environment Department, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), Abu Dhabi, UAE.
(3) INRAP, Paris, France.
New evidence for deep sea fishing: the Neolithic settlement at Akab, Umm al-Qaiwain

10.00 - 10.20 Mark BEECH (1), Tatsuo and Hanae SASAKI (2), Mohammed Amer AL NEYADI, Jaber AL MERRI, Ahmed EL-HAJ, Dia'eddin TAWALBEH, Mohammed Mater AL DHAHERI, Hamdan AL RASHIDI and Ali EL MEQBALI (all 3).
(1) Historic Environment Department, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), Abu Dhabi, UAE.
(2) Department of Archaeology, University of Kanazawa, Japan.
(3) Historic Environment Department, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), Al Ain, UAE.
Fish in the Desert - Late Islamic period Bedouin camp sites in Abu Dhabi
10.20 - 10.35 Discussion
10.35 - 11.05 Coffee
11.05 - 11.25 Margarethe UERPMANN & Hans-Peter UERPMANN
Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen, Germany.
Muweilah and the problems of dromedary domestication
11.25 - 11.45

Mark BEECH (1), Marjan MASHKOUR (2), Matthias HUELS (3) and Antoine ZAZZO (4)
(1) Historic Environment Department, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH), Abu Dhabi, UAE.
(2) CNRS, UMR 5197- Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle MNHN - Paris, France.
(3) Leibniz Labor für Altersbestimmung und Isotopenforschung, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany
(4) CNRS, UMR 5197- Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle MNHN - Paris, France.
Prehistoric camels in Abu Dhabi's Western Region

11.45 - 12.05

Francesco FEDELE
University of Naples 'Federico II', Naples, Italy
New data on domestic and wild camels (Camelus dromedarius) in Sabaean Yemen

12.05 - 12.20 Discussion
12.20 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.20

Adrian BALASESCU (1), Valentin RADU (2), Emmanuelle VILA (3)
(1) Musée Nationale d'Histoire de la Roumanie, Bucarest, Roumania.
(2) Musée Nationale d'Histoire de la Roumanie, Bucarest, Roumania
(3) CNRS Archeorient, Lyon, France.
The archaeozoological characteristics of Neolithic communities in the Ararat plain (Armenia)

14.20 - 14.40 Nina MANASERYAN
Laboratory of Vertebrates, Institute of Zoology, Yerevan, Armenia
Carnivora Mammals of Holocene in Armenia
14.40 - 15.00

Adrian BALASESCU (1), Boris GASPARYAN (2), Jérémie LIAGRE (3) and Christine CHATAIGNER (4)
(1) Musée Nationale d'Histoire de la Roumanie, Bucarest, Roumanie.
(2) Institut d'Archeologie d'Erevan, Armenie.
(3) SMAC, Chartres, France.
(4) CNRS Archeorient , Lyon, France
The fauna from Kalavan 1 (Upper Palaeolithic/Epipalaeolithic, Armenia)

15.00 - 15.20

Lilit MIRZOYAN (1) and Nina MANASERYAN (2)
(1) Institut d'Histoire et Archéologie de l'Orient Ancient, Universite Marc Bloch, Strasbourg II, France.
(2) Research Center of Zoology and Hydroecology, Yerevan, Armenia.

New excavated bone remains and representations of animals from Urartian site Erebuni

15.20 - 15.35 Discussion
15.35 - 16.05 Tea
16.05 - 16.25

Jennifer J. PIRO and Pam CRABTREE
New York University, U.S.A.
Zooarchaeological Evidence for Pastoralism in the Early Transcaucasian Culture

16.25 - 16.45

Rémi BERTHON
University of Kiel - Germany and UMR 5197- CNRS/MNHN - Paris, France.
Animal exploitation in the Upper Tigris Valley during the Bronze Age: a first assessment from Hirbemerdon Tepe and Kavusan Höyük

16.45 - 17.05

Canan CAKIRLAR
Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations
Evidence for fish processing in the Eastern Mediterranean and a new case from Iron Age Kinet Höyük (Hatay, Turkey)

17.05 - 17.30 Discussion
17.30 End of Day 1
18.30 Departure on coach for Opening Reception and Dinner
19.00 - 20.00 Opening Reception at Al Ain National Museum
20.00 Depart Al Ain National Museum
20.30 - 23.00 Dinner at the Al Ain Palace Museum
23.00 Departure on coach back to the Mercure Hotel

Monday 17 November 2008 (Day 2 - Conference Papers)

TIME SPEAKER
9.00 - 9.20

Napierala HANNES
Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen, Germany.
Late and Epipalaeolithic faunal remains from Syria.

9.20 - 9.40 Lionnel GOURICHON
UMR 5133 - Archéorient, Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée, 7 rue Raulin, F-69007 Lyon, France
The Natufian fauna of Dederiyeh Cave (Northern Syria)
9.40 - 10.00

Anna RUSSELL
Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University , The Netherlands.
Changing patterns of animal exploitation and the 8.2k BP climate event: preliminary findings from the faunal remains of Tell Sabi Abyad, Syria c. 6800 - 5800 BC

10.00 - 10.20 Eva-Maria GEIGL (1), Mélanie PRUVOST, Reinhard SCHWARZ, Marie LIOUVILLE, Camille BERTHELOT, Sophie CHAMPLOT, Thierry GRANGE, Michael HOFREITER, Lamys HACHEM, Hitomi HONGO, Séverine BRAGUIER and Hans-Peter UERPMANN (2)
(1) Institut Jacques Monod CNRS UMR 7592, Universités Paris 6 et 7, Tour 43, 2, Place Jussieu, 75251 Paris cedex 05, France.
(2) Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen, Germany.
The palaeogenetic analysis of mitochondrial DNA from Neolithic and Bronze Age bones points to Southwest Asia as the center of cattle domestication
10.20 - 10.35 Discussion
10.35 - 11.05 Coffee
11.05 - 11.25 Poster session
11.25 - 11.45

Poster session

11.45 - 12.05

Nerissa RUSSELL (1) and Katheryn TWISS (2)
(1) Cornell, U.S.A.
(2) Stony Brook, U.S.A.
Digesting the Data: Dogs as Taphonomic Agents at Neolithic Catalhoyuk, Turkey

12.05 - 12.20 Discussion
12.20 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.20

Joris PETERS (1) and Gisela GRUPE (2)
(1) Veterinärwissenschaftliches Department, Institut für Paläoanatomie und Geschichte der Tiermedizin, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Kaulbachstr. 37, 80539 München, Germany.
(2) Dept. I der Fakultät für Biologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Biozentrum, Grosshaderner Str. 2, 82152 Martinsried, Germany.
Reconstructing hunting and farming practices in the Pre-Pottery Neolithic Upper Euphrates region using stable isotopes in human and animal bone structural carbonate

14.20 - 14.40 Daniel HELMER (1) and Lionel GOURICHON (2)
(1) UMR 5133 - Archéorient, Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée, Antenne de Jalès, F-07460 Berrias, France
(2) UMR 5133 - Archéorient, Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée, 7 rue Raulin, F-69007 Lyon, France
The fauna of Tell Aswad (Damascus, Syria), early Neolithic levels. Relations with the northern and southern Levant sites
14.40 - 15.00

Jean-Denis VIGNE (1), Isabelle CARRÈRE (2) and Jean GUILAINE (3)
(1) CNRS, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, France.
(2) EHESS, TRACES, Toulouse, France.
(3) Collège de France, Toulouse, France.
Evolution of the use of sheep and goat during the early preceramic Neolithic at Shillourokambos (8300-7000 cal. BC)

15.00 - 15.20

Marjan MASHKOUR and Jean-Denis VIGNE
CNRS, UMR 5197- Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle MNHN - Paris, France.
Neolithic of southwest Iran viewed through the animal remains

15.20 - 15.35 Discussion
15.35 - 16.05 Tea
16.05 - 16.25

Julie DAUJAT and Marjan MASHKOUR
CNRS, UMR 5197- Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle MNHN - Paris, France.
Faunal remains from Middle Neolithic site of Qaleh Rostam, Zagros (Iran)

16.25 - 16.45

Thomas W. WYRWOLL
Forschungsinstitut fuer Mammalogie und Anthropologie Frankfurt am Main, Germany
An Oriental species in the Orient: The waterbuffalo (Bubalus arnee) in Western Asia and Northern Africa

16.45 - 17.05 Mohammad AL ZAWAHRA
Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Palestine.
The Faunal Remains from Mar-Nicola, a Byzantine & Islamic site, Beit Jala - Palestine.
17.05 - 17.25

Beatrice DE CUPERE, Anton ERVYNCK, Mircea UDRESCU and Johnny DE MEULEMEESTER
Belgium.
Archaeozoological research at the castle of Aqaba (Red Sea coast, Jordan): preliminary results

17.25 - 17.40 Discussion
17.40 End of Day 2

Tuesday 18 November 2008 (Day 3 - Conference Papers)

TIME SPEAKER
9.00 - 9.20

Hiljke BUITENHUIS
ARC, Groningen, The Netherlands.
Multivariate analysis as a tool in identifying Sheep (Ovis sp.) and Goat (Capra sp.)

9.20 - 9.40 Hervé MONCHOT (1) and Guillaume CHARLOUX (2)
(1) Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle - IPH - CNRS, UMR 5198 - Paris, France.
(2) CNRS - UMR 8167- France.
The Opet Temple Courtyard Excavations: A Zooarchaeological Reference Study for Karnak (Egypt)
9.40 - 10.00

Veerle LINSEELE (1), Wim VAN NEER (2), Harco WILLEMS (3) and Bart VANTHUYNE (4)
(1) Center for Archaeological Sciences, Leuven, Belgium
(2) Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Leuven, Belgium.
(3) Center for Archaeological Sciences, Leuven, Belgium
(4) Center for Archaeological Sciences, Leuven, Belgium
An unusual cattle burial at Dayr el-Barsha (Middle Egypt, New Kingdom - 3rd Intermediate Period)

10.00 - 10.20

Wim VAN NEER and Veerle LINSEELE
(1) Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Leuven, Belgium.
(2) Center for Archaeological Sciences, Leuven, Belgium.
Burials of wild and domestic animals at the Predynastic elite cemetery of Hierakonpolis (Upper Egypt)

10.20 - 10.35 Discussion
10.35 - 11.05 Coffee
11.05 - 11.25 Emmanuelle VILA (1) and Marjan MASHKOUR (2)
(1) UMR 5133 - "Archéorient. Environnements et sociétés de l'Orient ancien", Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon, France.
(2) CNRS, UMR 5197- Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle MNHN - Paris, France.

Thoughts about Ass domestication
11.25 - 11.45

Jill WEBER
University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. / Independent Scholar.
Elite Equids, Part 2: Seeing the Dead

11.45 - 12.05

R. BENDREY (1), S. LEPETZ (1), G.I. ZAITSEVA (2), Antoine ZAZZO (1), K.V. CHUGUNOV (3), N. BOKOVENOK (2), K. DEBUE (1), J. UGHETTO (1), H-P. FRANCFORT (4) and Jean-Denis VIGNE (1)
(
1) CNRS, UMR 5197- Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle MNHN - Paris, France.
(2) Institute for the History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia.
(3) State Hermitage Museum, Russia.
(4) Maison de l'Archéologie et de l'Ethnologie René Ginouvès - Nanterre, France.
Human-horse relationships in the nomadic societies of later prehistoric Central Asia: preliminary results of stable isotope analyses of horse tooth enamel

12.05 - 12.20 Discussion
12.20 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.20

Jwana CHAHOUD and Emmanuelle VILA
UMR 5133, Archéorient, Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée
Study of the faunal remains from Ugarit (Maison aux Albâtres) and from Qatna (Palace K): Animal use during the Late Bronze Age in Syria

14.20 - 14.40 Lubna OMAR
Syria.
Animals Exploitation at Tell Bderi ( Jazira, NE Syria ) during the Early Bronze Age
14.40 - 15.00

Scott RUFOLO
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
New Insights into the "Second Urban Revolution" of Northern Mesopotamia from Five Early Bronze Age Faunal Assemblages of the Khabur Basin, Syria

15.00 - 15.20 Free slot
15.20 - 15.35 Discussion
15.35 - 16.05 Tea
16.05 - 16.25 Alice M. CHOYKE
Medieval Studies Department, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.
Bone-working in the Northern Middle Euphrates : Horum Hüyök and Zeytinli Bahçe
16.25 - 16.45 Emmanuelle VILA
UMR 5133, Archéorient, Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée, Lyon, France / UMR 5197- CNRS / UMR 5133, CNRS, Archéorient, Lyon, France
Preliminary comments about the discovery of elephant bones at Mishrife/Qatna in Late Bronze Age Syria

16.45 - 17.05 Francois POPLIN
Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle /CNRS, UMR 5197 - Paris, France.
Ivoires de mer et chevaux et chameaux de lait
17.05 - 17.30 Discussion
17.30 Departure on coach from Mercure Hotel to Al Ain Zoo for Closing Dinner
18.00 Welcome reception at Al Ain Zoo
18.30 - 19.00 Bird Show at Al Ain Zoo
19.45 Buffet dinner outside in Al Ain Zoo (at the Mixed African Exhibit area)
21.45 Departure on coach back to the Mercure Hotel
22.15 Arrive back to Mercure Hotel


Wednesday 19 November 2008 (Day 4 - ASWA General Assembly & Optional Excursion)

TIME ACTIVITY
9.00 - 10.30 ASWA General Assembly
10.30 - 11.00 Coffee
11.00 Departure on coach for Optional Excursion to Al Ain
11.30 - 13.00 Visit to Hili Archaeological Park
13.00 - 14.00 Buffet Lunch in "Caravan Restaurant" Al Ain Mall
14.00 Departure on coach to Camel Market, Mezyad tombs & Mezyad Fort by Jebel Hafit
18.00 Departure from Mezyad on coach back to the Mercure Hotel
18.30 Arrive back to Mercure Hotel


Thursday 20 November 2008 (Day 5 - Optional Excursion)

TIME ACTIVITY
7.30 Departure on coach to Sharjah Archaeology Museum
9.30 Arrive Sharjah Archaeology Museum
12.00 Depart to Sharjah Desert Park
13.00 Arrive and have Lunch at the Sharjah Desert Park Cafe
14.00 Visit the Sharjah Desert Park
15.30 Visit the Botanical Park next door to the Sharjah Natural History Museum (currently closed for renovation)
16.30 Depart Botanical Park
18.30 Return to Mercure Hotel


Friday 21 November 2008 (Day 6)

ASWA delegates depart.


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