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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

Forthcoming meeting

The next PZG meeting will be held on Sunday 3 April 2016, at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Kirkwall, Orkney, on the theme 'The Zooarchaeology of Marine Faunas'.

PZG members are given priority when we have limited places; please contact the organisers by emailing and please use "PZG meeting" as the subject. Participants will be asked to pay a small charge for refreshments on the day.

Further details can be found on the meeting webpage.


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 Together with your contact details, please provide a brief statement about your current work and interests in zooarchaeology.

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