The Archaeo+Malacology Group Newsletter - A Brief Introduction
The Archaeomalacology Group was formed indirectly as the result of a talk I gave
to fellow members of the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland at the
Natural History Museum in London in February 2000. Having worked as an archaeomalacologist,
albeit on a freelance and very part time basis, for nearly 25 years in almost total
isolation, it came as a revelation to me that there were others out there with similar
interests! It therefore seemed a good idea to try to establish a forum where archaeomalacologists
could air their views, exchange information and above all make contact with others
working in similar subject areas.
The first issue of the A+M Newsletter appeared in July 2001 and consisted of the
names, contact details and research interests of the thirty-two people who had responded
to a notice I published in The Conchologists' Newsletter (No. 154: 385, September
2000). Since then the list has expanded to include around 80 members. Further issues
have appeared at approximately six-monthly intervals, and have included short articles,
research notes, abstracts of publications, notices of meetings, requests for information,
and so on.
The ICAZ Archaeomalacology Working Group was then set up as a result of the one-day
archaeomalacology session held at the ICAZ Conference in Durham in August 2002. It
was obvious that the A+M Newsletter and the ICAZ Group were aimed at the same audience,
and it seemed sensible to join forces. The ICAZ Archaeomalacology Working Group has
therefore kindly agreed to host the A+M Newsletter on their new website, starting
with issue number 5. It is hoped to add the four previous issues at a later date,
and future issues are scheduled for March and September each year.
Contributions for future issues are warmly invited. Let's make the most of this opportunity!