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Bird Working Group—

The Bird Working Group (BWG) is an interdisciplinary consortium of researchers (archaeozoologists, archaeologists, zoologists, ornithologists) interested in the study of bird remains recovered from archaeological sites from around the world. The BWG was created by an initiative of Arturo Morales-Muniz in 1991.

The primary focus of this ICAZ Working Group is to examine the relationships between people and birds in prehistoric, historic, and, at times, contemporary contexts. Group interests include, but are not limited to, identification of bird bones, the taphonomy of avian remains, methods of analysis and interpretation, the use of birds, and representations of birds in art.

For further information about this working group, contact the BWG Liaison to ICAZ, Luminita Bejenaru (lumib@uaic.ro).

BWG Meetings

  1. Madrid, Spain (organized by Arturo Morales), October 1991
  2. Southamphon, UK (organized by Dale Serjeantson), September 1995
  3. Victoria, BC, Canada (organized by Rebecca Wigen), August 1998
  4. Krakow, Poland (organized by Zbigniew M. Bochenski, Zygmunt Bochenski, Alicja Lasota-Moskalewska, and Teresa Tomek), September 2001
  5. Münich, Germany (organized by Joris Peters, Gisela Grupe and Angela von den Driesch), July 2004
  6. Groningen, Netherlands (organized by Wietske Prummel, Jørn Zeiler and Dick Brinkhuizen), August 2008
  7. Iasi, Romania (organized by Luminita Bejenaru, Simina Stanc, Constantin Ion and Vasile Cotiuga), August/September 2012

The 7th Bird Working Group Meeting took place in Iasi (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University), Romania, from August 27th to September 1st, 2012. There were three days of presentations plus two trips — the first of one day to ornithological and historical sites situated in North-Eastern Romania, and the second of two days to the Danube Delta. Details of the meeting can be found in the report (PDF).

The The 8th Bird Working Group Meeting will take place in University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, USA, from January 11-14, 2016 and Special Excursion from January 15-17, 2016 and will be organized by Frank J Dirrigl Jr. Information and the Call for Papers can be found at http://portal.utpa.edu/utpa_main/daa_home/cosm_home/esp_home/esp_about/bwg-meeting. Members presenting oral or poster presentations will have the opportunity to submit their research for consideration as a publication in a Special Issue of Archaeological and Anthropological Science. This is the first time the BWG has held a meeting in the USA, and the chosen location of South Texas is one of the premier birding spots in the nation, boasting over 500 species known to occur.

BWG Publications

1st Meeting: Archaeofauna 2 (1992),

2nd Meeting: International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 7(4) (1997),

4th Meeting: Acta zoological cracoviensia 45(special issue) (2002) (http://www.isez.pan.krakow.pl/journals/azc_v/azcv45.htm)

5th Meeting: Feathers, Grit and Symbolism: Birds and Humans in the Old and New Worlds edited by G. Grupe and J. Peters (2005). Documenta Archaeobiologiae 3. Verlag Marie Leidorf GmbH, Rahden/Westfalen.

Birds in Archaeology: Proceedings of the 6th Meeting of the ICAZ Bird Working Group in Groningen (23.8 - 27.8.2008) edited by W. Prummel, J.T. Zeiler and D.C. Brinkhuizen (2010). /Groningen Archaeological Studies/ 12. Barkhuis Publishing/Groningen University Library, Groningen. http://www.barkhuis.nl/product_info.php?cPath=2&products_id=115

7th Meeting: Proceedings of the 7th Meeting of the ICAZ Bird Working Group in Iasi, Romania (27.08-01.09.2012). Birds and Archaeology: New Research. Special Issue in International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 2014, Volume 24 (3), edited by L. Bejenaru, D. Serjeantson. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oa.v24.3/issuetoc

This information has been contributed by by Luminita Bejenaru, BWG Liaison to ICAZ, on October 23, 2012.


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