Taphos-TWG/ICAZ ‘ 2020. 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 Sunday 30th August and Sunday 6th September 2020, in the facilities of the Museo Arqueológico Regional de Madrid. It is organised by members of several Spanish institutions (CSIC, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Museo Geominero, Museo Arqueológico Regional, Dinopolis Foundation , Universidad de Cantabria), and is supported by the Spanish Paleontological Society, Transmitting Science, the International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ) and the TaphEn European network.

The year 2020 is a very special date for research in taphonomy, as it will be the 80th anniversary of the Efremov’s Taphonomy proposal as a New Branch of Paleontology, and 30 years since the first meeting on Fossilisation and Taphonomy took place (Madrid, 1990). 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 at this special celebration.