October 1-3, 2018


The characterization of human / carnivore interactions constitutes an important line of research for the study of human societies and their relationship with the natural world. Among carnivores, canids are omnipresent in archaeological sites. With respect to their roles as competitors, commensals, pets, a food source, burial partners, canids offer a vast field of research in archaeology. Recent research in taphonomy, zooarchaeology, morphometry and paleogenetics has offered new perspectives on the relationships that may have existed between carnivores and past human societies.

A symposium is organized on this theme from October 1–3, 2018at the MSHA on the University of Bordeaux Montaigne campus.

The purpose of this event is to take stock of past human / canid relationships through time.

This symposium will allow the scientific community to gather and present/discuss results that center around these themes.

Three feedback sessions are organized and will tackle the following issues: 

- Canids as best Human friends?

- New methods of investigation and new results

- Canids and Taphonomy

After these sessions, a half-day discussion will be devoted to:

- taking stock of recent results,

- raising new issues of research,

- identifying and unifying axes that can intensify links within the scientific community around one or more new research project(s).


The communications will be in French or English and will focus on newly acquired results and / or innovative research perspectives in order to encourage discussions


Jean-Baptiste Mallye & Myriam Boudadi-Maligne (CNRS UMR 5199 PACEA, University of Bordeaux)



Keys date

Symposium: October 1-3, 2018

Deadline for registration: September 15, 2018

Deadline for proposal submission: April 13, 2018

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