First Circular

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we are pleased to invite you to take part in the 9th International Conference on Taphonomy and Fossilisation (Taphos) and the 6th ICAZ Taphonomy Working Group (TWG-ICAZ), which will take place in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, Spain). The Conference will be held between 5-11th June 2022. It is organised by members of several Spanish institutions (CSIC, Museo Arqueológico Regional, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Museo GeomineroDinopolis Foundation , EvoAdapta Group- University of Cantabria), and is supported by the the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (UAH), ArchaeologyHub, Spanish Paleontological Society, Transmitting Science, the International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ), the TaphEn European network,  The Paleontological Association, and the The Paleontological Society

The year 2020 was very special for research in Taphonomy. Not only the 80th anniversary of Efremov’s Taphonomy proposal as a New Branch of Paleontology was commemorated, but also 30 years ago the first meeting on Fossilisation and Taphonomy was held in Madrid and the outstanding book “Owls, Caves and Fossils” by Peter Andrews was published. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 forced a delay of two years in the celebration of these landmarks in the history of Taphonomy.

For these reasons, in this meeting, we hope to gather specialists from all over the world, working in Taphonomy from different approaches. Thus, any contribution dealing with Taphonomy will be welcome. We hope this will be an excellent opportunity to facilitate interaction and communication between specialists working in different fields of Taphonomy.

The congress is also a special tribute to Sixto Fernández and Peter Andrews for their pioneering contribution to Taphonomy.  Sessions will be organised by “TaphoSystems*”, a term proposed by Sixto Fernández López to refer to fossil associations + the external environment in which they are preserved. Sessions referred to Palaeoecology and experimental Taphonomy are in honour of Peter Andrews.

  • Karstic Taphosystem
  • Lacustrine Taphosystem
  • Fluvial Taphosystem
  • Marine Taphosystem
  • Open air Taphosystem
  • Taphonomy in Palaeoecology and Palaeoclimate interpretations
  • Experimental Taphonomy and other Environments

We are honoured to have the participation of A.K.Behrensmeyer as keynote speaker of the inaugural session and Christiane Denys will give the Good-Bye keynote speech at this special celebration.