The Postgraduate Zooarchaeology Forum (PZAF) is a supportive environment for postgraduate students (both Masters and PhD) and early career professionals to present their research and meet people with similar research interests. Founded in 2009 by Richard Madgwick and first held in Cardiff, further PZAF events have been hosted at Paris and Sheffield.

PZAF2014 is being organised by the UCL Institute of Archaeology Hunters and Herders research network and will take place at the Institute from Friday 20th–Saturday 21st June.


PZAF2014 will follow the format of the last, and hugely successful, event in Sheffield: an informal conference allowing attendees to gain presentation experience and network with fellow zooarchaeology researchers before larger conferences such as ICAZ 2014, to be held in Argentina this September. We welcome submissions relevant to zooarchaeology from all stages of research (preliminary to completed) and all chronological and geographical locations. Whilst oral and poster presentations will be limited to postgraduate students and early career professionals, we encourage the wider academic and professional community to attend to maximise cross-fertilisation of knowledge.

PZAF is not just about research and new collaborations – we are also keen to encourage networking. Therefore we are planning an evening drinks reception and dinner on Friday evening, and an zooarchaeology-themed excursion in London on Saturday.

We are aware that many people will also be travelling to ICAZ this year so every effort has been made to keep costs to a minimum. The conference will carry a £10 registration fee (payable on arrival) which will cover the costs of tea and coffee, lunch on both days and the evening drinks reception on Friday. A list of affordable local hostels/hotels can be found on the accommodation page.


For further information on PZAF2014, please contact Elizabeth Farebrother (elizabeth.farebrother.13@ucl.ac.uk) or Mariana Nabais (mariana.nabais.09@ucl.ac.uk).

Further information will be posted on this website as it becomes available, so please keep checking back for more information.