21st International Conference
International Council for Archaeozoology
Fish Remains Working Group

Due to the still threatening pandemic and the expectable traveling restrictions in 2021 and in accordance with the scientific board as well as in agreement with ICAZ, the meeting organisers will postpone the XXI ICAZ FRWG meeting to August 2022.


The organizing team offers organization of three half-daytime slots for laboratory- or institute presentations, with maximal two labs/institutions per day end of August 2021. We invite colleagues and people who introduce their lab/institution and who want to present and share current research topics, questions and expertise in a “familiar atmosphere”.

The lab/institute presentation may be up to an hour, including an introduction of people, infrastructure, research questions and current projects. The arrangements of the presentations are free but we want to encourage people to use new media opportunities, such as life streams or videos, PowerPoint/slide presentations or even interviews with experts about their specific fishy projects at their labs/institutions. After the presentation, a discussion of invited experts or a free discussion of participants about the presented specific topics shall be organised and held.

We invite interested researchers to apply suggestion and descriptions of their presentation drafts. Relying on that the scientific board and the organizers will select the most stringent and consistent suggestions for presentations.

Registration will be open until end of June 2021 and can be done via sending an email to ICAZfrwgXXI@oeaw.ac.at. Applications for presentations shall be send to ICAZfrwgXXI@oeaw.ac.at not later than 31st of May 2021 and include a comprehensive abstract describing ambitions and contents of the presentation. The abstract shall not exceed 500 words and summarize means of representations, tools and media.

The organizers suggest starting with the Lab at the OEAI in Vienna, where we currently work on several fishy projects. One is on neolithic material from Mondsee-Mooswinkel in Upper Austria from a pile dwelling settlement uncovered in underwater excavations. Another project is about the fish remains from a Modern Age latrine filling from Hadersdorf in Lower Austria. The third presented project is called: “Dog or its master?” It is about the scientific study of human or canine coprolites from the prehistoric pile-dwelling site of Stare gmajne, Slovenia in cooperation with Slovenian ad other colleagues.

The research questions are besides typical – what species did people consume – and what are economic and ecologic conclusions - drawn from these fish remains. A question rises especially from the Modern Age latrine filling - the size of these fishes. The major part of the fish remains is few millimetres small. Is an identification of such fish bones possible, especially concerning the bone size in relation to the total length and age distribution of fishes? A hopefully vivid discussion about the archaeological, ichthyological and historical implications of the exploitation of certain species and fish sizes from these sites follows the presentation.

The organizing team