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From Anthrosphere to Lithosphere (and back again): A Celebration of the Career and Research of Terry O’Connor

(The 36th Annual Association for Environmental Archaeology Conference, 2015)

Friday 6 November, 5.00pm to Sunday 8 November 4.30pm

Terry O'Connor

Terry O’Connor, who retired earlier in 2015, has been an influential figure in the field of zooarchaeology and environmental archaeology for more than 30 years, not least as a founding member of the Association of Environmental Archaeology (AEA) and co-editor of its first journal, Circaea. Terry has had a considerable impact on students of environmental archaeology and zooarchaeology during the last two decades, as a writer of influential key articles and core textbooks, as well as directly through teaching at the University of York and, previously, Bradford.


Terry’s belief in the capacity for all forms of environmental interaction to shed light on past human experience has fuelled his research across period and geographic boundaries. Major contributions have included the environmental archaeology of urban environments, beginning with work at the Environmental Archaeology Unit (EAU) in the 1980-90s on sites such as Coppergate in York, and the archaeological formation and use of cave sites. Fundamental to this has been an interest in taphonomic processes affecting assemblage formation, from the death of the animal to the analyst’s bench.

Terry’s work has also been characterised by a willingness to embrace and promote new techniques and methods, as well as advance existing ones, where they can provide answers to new questions or otherwise nuance our perception of the past. A number of influential publications have also reflected on the direction of environmental archaeology as a discipline, and his concern with the practice of environmental archaeology as archaeology, in order to understand interactions between humans, animals and the environment in the past.

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Call for papers

We invite papers on the following themes, to bring together studies that further our understanding of these areas of research and so celebrate Terry’s career.

Taphonomic processes and assemblage formation: from the animal to the bench
The environmental archaeology of urban sites
The environmental archaeology of cave sites
Human–animal / animal–human relationships
New techniques to answer old questions
Directions in environmental archaeology
Teaching environmental archaeology
Environmental archaeology as field archaeology

Abstracts for papers should be submitted by email to using the template that can be downloaded here. AEA (MS Word  , 81kb)

Abstracts must indicate whether they are for an oral or a poster presentation, and include a title and the names and affiliations of all authors. The word limit for abstracts is 300 and the deadline for all abstracts is 30th April 2015.


Registration for the AEA Conference is now open. Ticket prices include refreshments and lunch during the conference and a wine reception on the Friday evening. On the Saturday there will be a dinner at York Brewery. Prices are as follows:

AEA Members - £100

Non-members - £135

AEA Student Members - £50

Student Non-members - £75

Dinner - £10

Bookings close on 25 September at 23:50, after that a late booking fee will apply.

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The programme is now available to download

AEA Programme (PDF  , 4,157kb)AEA Draft Programme (PDF  , 563kb)

Speakers will include Don Brothwell (University of York), Mark Maltby (Bournemouth University) and Naomi Sykes (University of Nottingham)


The conference venue is the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York. Details of how to find us and location maps can be found here.


Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and there is a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets in York. The Visit York website contains a comprehensive list of accommodation in York and we recommend using it to find your accommodation.



For further information on Terry: professional web page and personal web page

Contact us

Organisers: Lee G. Broderick (University of York), Clare Rainsford (University of Bradford, Eva Fairnell (freelance zooarchaeologist), Carol Lang (University of York), Julie Bond (University of Bradford), Matthew Collins (University of York)

Location: Humanities Research Centre, University of York