Professional Zooarchaeology Group (PZG)

The PZG brings together professional animal bone specialists working in commercial, public and academic organisations through twice yearly meetings with themed workshops and peer support.

Joining the group brings professionals together who otherwise may be working in isolation. Group members get to share important new discoveries, or practical, methodological and theoretical developments in our field.

Photograph of archaeological animal bones
A pile of medieval animal bones © English Heritage

Aims of the PZG

Our aim is to facilitate the exchange of ideas between specialists and to establish a mutually-beneficial support network. While specialists working within universities and public bodies are able to provide access to libraries and reference collections, those working within units or as freelancers can offer their knowledge of current British archaeology, project designs for forthcoming excavations, as well as insight into ‘grey literature’.

PZG meetings

We meet twice a year, at universities, museums and archaeological units throughout the UK. At each meeting, we focus on a particular aspect of zooarchaeology, combining thematic discussion and practical workshops.

Minutes from our past meetings are published on this website.

If you would like to host a meeting or would like to suggest topics for future meetings, please contact [email protected].

Forthcoming meeting

The next PZG meeting will be held on Saturday 16th March 2019 at Historic England, Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth, hosted by Polydora Baker and Fay Worley.

The themes for the day are the identification, analysis and interpretation of perinatal animals in zooarchaeology.

The programme includes morning talks and case studies on the topic of perinatal and juvenile animals and their interpretation, and an afternoon workshop on the identification of perinatal mammal bones. Our workshop will involve identifying foetal and perinatal remains using published criteria, some preliminary criteria that we are developing, exchanging views on useful features, and coming up with new criteria. Members are encouraged to bring perinatal archaeological bones for which they wish to confirm identification.

There are still a few available spaces. If you are interested in attending, please sign up with this Doodle Poll

PZG members are given priority when we have limited places. As always, case study presentations on other current work are also welcome.

If you have any queries about the event, please contact the PZG group at [email protected]


Membership is open to practicing (professional) zooarchaeologists, employed or unemployed, and to students who engage in paid commercial work.

We give priority to full time, part time or unemployed specialists (non-students) for participation in the PZG meetings. In this way, we maintain our focus on providing support to professionals, in particular those working within the commercial sector.

To enquire about joining the PZG, please email [email protected]. Together with your contact details, please provide a brief statement about your current work and interests in zooarchaeology.

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