Although the number of researchers and students conducting research on animal remains has been steadily increasing, there had been no forum for the exchange of information and deepening of communication among researchers.
In such a situation, a symposium on "Jomon People and Shell Middens" was held at the 1995 Annual Meeting of the Japanese Archaeological Association, and many researchers involved in shell mound research and animal remains studies were expected to attend from all over the country.
Therefore, in order to take advantage of this opportunity to provide a forum for researchers from all over Japan to interact, the "Zooarchaeology Study Group (tentative name)" was held for the first time on November 10 and 11, 1995, prior to the symposium. The following year, in 1996, the name was changed to "Zooarchaeological Research Meeting," and by 2012, 16 meetings had been held regularly in various parts of Japan.
In 2013, with the transition to the "Japanese Society for Zooarchaeology," the name of the "Research Meeting" was changed to the "Annual Meeting”