Alghero - Stintino | October 1st-7th | 2017
The 19th meeting of the Fish Remains Working Group (FRWG) will be held in Alghero and Stintino, Sardinia, Italy from 1st to 7th October 2017. This conference is being organized by the Archaeozoological Laboratory of the Department of Nature and Environmental Science at the University of Sassari. Sardinia is a Mediterranean island that has been intensively involved with activities related to fish and fishing over the centuries and, therefore is an especially appropriate place to meet and discuss the role of fish studies in archaeozoology and in the broader discipline of archaeology as a whole.
The conference will promote discussions among scholars interested in various topics related to fish and fishery products of different geographical areas and temporal periods. From the physical identification and archaeometric analyses of bones to the study of fishing and preservation of fish through historical and other sources, the conference will focus on the impact that these activities have had on the economy of populations living along coastal and inland waterways in different part of the world.
Fish and fishing have been a key component in the economy of many cultures from prehistoric times to the present. Fishing, fish farming, and trading of fresh and preserved fish are only several examples of economic-related activities centered on this important resource. Moreover, cases in which the consumption or possession of fish may have a symbolic or religious significance have also been documented for many societies in the world.
The 19th FRWG meeting will, in particular, attach great importance to the use of new techniques and the initiation of research in new environments with the goal of encouraging multidisciplinary research in conducting fish-related studies. The conference will also highlight the most recent studies and discoveries in this important branch of archaeozoology.