General Information

Stanely J Olsen memorial

To honor the late zooarchaeological pioneer, Stanley J. Olsen, we are continuing the 'Eagle Lake Zooarchaeology Conference' in the remote field setting of the Eagle Lake Field Station. We welcome zooarchaeology professionals, practitioners, and students to participate in one or more of a series of formal and informal discussions on current zooarchaeological research. The main session will be held on the weekend of July 22-24, 2011.

Jack Broughton presenting

The primary session is entitled "Zooarchaeological Contributions to Historical Archaeology and Ecology," and will be on July 23 and 24, Saturday and Sunday. Depending on the number of presenting participants, the Saturday session will run from 9:00AM - 12:00 noon, and 1:00 - 4:00 PM.  This session will highlight Dr. Diane Gifford-Gonzalez, U.C. Santa Cruz, and Dr. Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman, University of Arizona, as guest speakers.  The Sunday session will run from 9:00AM to noon and will be followed by a farewell lunch. Most presentations or discussion forums will be 30+ minutes in length. Judges will evaluate all student presentations for the S. J. Olsen Student Scholarship competition.
Men talking during a break

Additional opportunities to continue dialogue or discuss research occur the week prior and during evening activities. A handful of documentaries on human-animal interactions will be shown, and we will again hold a highly competitive 'SJOZC fishing derby' on Sunday morning. Field trips to archaeologically and ecologically important sites will occur during the weekdays prior to conference weekend.  Please indicate your interest in participating in the derby or field trips during registration.
Eagle Lake


The Eagle Lake Field Station is situated on the shore of scenic Eagle Lake, located in the relatively undeveloped and undisturbed northeastern corner of California. This region offers a unique geological and biological setting on the western fringe of the Great Basin. The Eagle Lake Field Station includes student dormitories, a dining hall, library, some labs and a conference room.

Early morning fishing for the Rainbow Trout


Opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue about current research in specialized subfields, such as zooarchaeology, are not readily available. In the context of numerous field projects and activities, we have continually been reminded that productive dialogue and interaction can often occur in a relatively isolated field setting among a limited number of common-minded participants. It is our desire in the context of the Eagle Lake Zooarchaeology Conference to provide such an opportunity.

This conference is being organized by Deanna Grimstead and Kelly Beck.  Individuals who would like to be involved either as a presenter or a participant should contact Deanna Grimstead and/or Kelly Beck at the addresses below: