5th Nordic Zooarchaeology Meeting

Welcome to the 5th Nordic Zooarchaeology Meeting in Helsinki from the 1st to the 3rd of February 2024! The annual Nordic Zooarchaeology Meeting has become a key venue for zooarchaeologists to meet, network and share their discoveries.

Wednesday 31.01

17.00 – 20.00 Social get-together at the Archaeology Department

Thursday 1.2.

Location: Main building, Studium 1 (F3020), Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki

9.00 Introduction

9.15 Kristiina Mannermaa & Suvi Viranta – Pirkko Ukkonen – faunahistorian,

osteologist and palaeontologist.

9.40 Elisabeth Iregren & Kristina Jennbert – Pirkko Ukkonen, a very dear

friend and colleague, a much-devoted teacher. Some memories from the

Lund University.

10.05 Ola Magnell – Mammals through the ages – a regional faunal historyfrequency

of mammalian taxa at settlements in Southern Sweden during

the Holocene.

10.30 Coffee

11.00 Katariina Nurminen – Analysing burned bones – prehistoric

zooarchaeology in Finland.

11.25 Emilia Jääskeläinen – Humans and beavers in prehistoric Eastern


11.50 Hanneke Meijer & Knut Andreas Bergsvik – A new chronological

framework for Dollsteinhola, Sunnmøre, Norway.

12.15 Discussion

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Michelle Feider, Auli Bläuer, Anne Karin Hufthammer, Hanna Kivikero,

Eve Rannamäe & David Orton – Reviewing the dispersal of black rats in

Scandinavia and the Baltic region: was there a ‘9th C rat horizon’?

13.55 Regan Douglas – Dietary variation in Mammuthus primigenius based on

mesowear angle analysis.

14.20 Milton Núñez & Kristiina Mannermaa – New information on the 8800-

year-old Kirkkonummi ice pick.

14.45 Coffee

15.15 Elisabeth Iregren & Kristina Jennbert – What can we learn from the

appearance of today’s breeds of Spitz dogs and how can we use our

knowledge of them communicating Stone Age dogs to the public?

15.40 Suvi Viranta, Kristiina Mannermaa, Matti T. Heino, Jouni Aspi, Sarah

Johnston, Jesse McCabe, Mia Williams, Frankie Tait, Monica Kelly,

Alexandre Gilardet, Christopher Barrington and Pontus Skoglund –

Genetic history of the domestic dog in Finland – work in progress.

16.05 Discussion

16.20 – 17 Mystery bone session

19.00 Dinner

Friday 2.2.

Location: Main building, F3017, Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki

9.25 Marcus Frid – Ephemeral aesthetics: the aesthetic interplay of animals in

funerary displays of status and veneration.

9.50 Stella Macheridis – Moat bones and funny horn cores from Gammeltorv,

Copenhagen: Zooarchaeological glimpses into Medieval life in the

Öresund region.

10.15 Coffee

10.40 Veronica Aniceti, Marianne Vedeler & Anne Karin Hufthammer – Time

for a revolution? Changes in food and agricultural economies in 11th-16th

c. AD Norway.

11.05 Christian Küchelmann – Far-scattered evidence. Walrus and narwhale

ivory in the Hanseatic North Atlantic trade.

11.30 Dianne Unsain – Exploring the Relationship Between Socio-economic

Status and Animal Exploitation in Medieval France.

11.55 Discussion

12.10 Lunch

13.00 Veronica Lee – Fish for the wealthy? Pike trade in the Baltic Sea Region

(500-1800 AD).

13.25 Cathrine Färnström & Alexander Jonsson – Salted herring, train-oil, and

the great herring fishery period (1747-1809) in Masthugget, Gothenburg,


13.50 Hanna Kivikero & Viktor Eriksson – Processing birds at the Island of

Kökar in the Baltic Sea during the medieval and early modern period (ca.

CE 1400-1700).

14.15 Sara Gummesson – Avian remains at the peatbog of Dagsmosse,

Östergötland, Sweden.

14.40 Coffee

15.05 Jacob Kveiborg, Antigone Uzunidis, Lutz Klassen, Florian Klimscha, Niels

Nørkjær Johannsen, Uffe Lind Rasmussen, Michael Richards & Jens-

Christian Svenning – Palaeoecological reconstructions of Subboreal

northwestern European wild horses, Equus ferus Boddaert, 1785.

15.30 Giedrė Piličiauskienė – Small, angry and shaggy: horses in Lithuania from

the Subneolithic to the Early Modern Period.

15.55 Noora Piipponen & Markku Niskanen – Wild and domestic horses differ

in metacarpal shape.

16.20 Markku Niskanen & Noora Piipponen – We should try to gain more

information on size and shape of archaeological horses from skeletal


16.45 – 17.00 Discussion

19.00 Dinner

Saturday 3.2

Location: Porthania, P673, Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki

9.00 Erika Rosengren, Conor Rossi, Matti T. Heino & Mikkel Sinding –

Systematic ancient DNA-based species identification of archaeological

remains of large bovines (Bos primigenius and Bison bonasus) from


9.25 Samuel J. Walker, Aurélie Boilard, Mona Henriksen, Liselotte M. Takken

Beijersbergen, Thijs van Kolfschoten, Anne Karin Hufthammer, Stein-

Erik Lauritzen, Trond Lødøen & Sanne Boessenkool – Reconstructing

faunal diversity from MIS 5 in northern Norway using zooarchaeology and

bulk-bone metabarcoding.

9.50 Stella Marcheridis & Jan Storå – Identification, registration, and analytic

goals in zooarchaeological research.

10.15 Coffee

10.40 Adam Boethius, Jan Storå & Rudolf Gustavsson – Mobility patterns

among Pitted Ware Culture foragers at Jettböle, Åland, studied via

sequential strontium isotope analysis.

11.05 Tuija Kirkinen – Animal hairs and feathers evidence the presence of soft

organic materials in the Late Mesolithic Skateholm I and II cemeteries,


11.30 – 12.30 Final discussion

14.00 Visit to Nature History Museum