Updates 2020

MPI-SHH Study among the "Top 10 Discoveries of 2020”
Archaelogy Magazine has selected the study "Origin and health status of first-generation Africans from early colonial Mexico" as one of the ten most exciting archaeological research papers of 2020. more
Early Kenyan Herders Relied on Consistency and Connections in Unpredictable Conditions
New research shows that a uniform technical strategy and a regional network for supplying raw materials formed the bases of Elementeitan resilience more
New Study Tests Machine Learning on Detection of Borrowed Words in World Languages
Underwhelming results underscore the complexity of language evolution while showing promise in some current applications more
Having a Blast in the Past: Ayushi Nayak Hosts Real Scientists
Every week @realscientists invites a new expert curator to host their Twitter account. Read Ayushi's interview with Real Scientists here. more
What Sort of Past Does the Future Need? A Webinar and a Virtual-Talk Series
Can history help us to cope with the current pandemic? How should we who study the past change our approach and become more relevant for the future? What sort of past do we really need to make our future in the Anthropocene at all possible? more
"What dogs know": DogLab Seeks Participants for Dog Studies
Dog studies have been conducted at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena since 2016. All studies are in playful scenarios and are based exclusively on observation, giving interested dog owners a chance to learn more about their four-legged friends. Now a new study is planned, for which participants are urgently needed. more
Agropastoralists in Central Tibet Chose a Barley-Based Farming System by 3,000 Years Ago
New research pushes this development back roughly 1,000 years and sheds light on motivating factors more
Available Now: What Dogs Know (Was Hunde wissen)
In their new book, Dr. Juliane Bräuer, Head of Dog Studies at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, and Dr. Juliane Kaminski, Director of the Dog Cognition Centre, University of Portsmouth, present new results from the most important studies of dog cognition over the last twenty years. more
Analysis of Human Teeth Demonstrates Mixture of Fishing, Foraging, and Food Production in Central Africa’s Iron Age Rainforests
In a new paper a multidisciplinary team shows that domesticated millet was incorporated into an ongoing reliance on local fish and forest foods, demonstrating mixed subsistence practices in the rainforests of Central Africa for thousands of years. more
This edited volume combines insights from archaeology, history, anthropology, genetics and linguistics to explore the contrasts and connections between the peoples and cultures of these two major regions of South America more
Barbara Huber awarded Add-on Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Life Science from Joachim Herz Foundation
The fellowship program fosters interdisciplinary skills and supports the careers of young scientists more
Sri Lankan Ambassador Visit

Sri Lankan Ambassador Visit

October 08, 2020
Her Excellency Ms. Manori Unambuwe recently visited the Department of Archaeology more
The (un)Likely Link Between Environment & Languages
To what extent does climate impact human behavior? more
Collapse or Transition to Resilience? Agricultural Practices in Italy after the Fall of Rome
In a new study published in Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, a team of researchers from the Department of Archaeology, MPI-SHH and the University of Pisa reveals changes in the human diet in Tuscany (central Italy) following the fall of the Western Roman Empire. more
Professorship at The University of Malta Awarded to Eleanor Scerri
The Honorary Professorship was awarded in the Department of Classics and Archaeology of The University of Malta, Malta, with which the Pan-African Evolution Research Group already enjoys close collaborative relationships. more
Available Now: The Oxford Guide to the Transeurasian Languages
August 19, 2020 - The five-part volume combines genealogical and areal approaches, computational and classical historical linguistics, and functional and formal linguistics to provide a comprehensive account of the Transeurasian languages. more
Vast Stone Monuments Constructed in Arabia 7,000 Years Ago
August 17, 2020 - New archaeological research in Saudi Arabia documents hundreds of stone structures interpreted as monumental sites where early pastoralists carried out rituals. more
Analysis of Roopkund Lake Skeletons Makes Nature Communications’ Top 25
August 14, 2020 - The discovery of Mediterranean migrants among the hundreds of skeletons at the Himalayan lake site highlights the power and importance of interdisciplinary, collaborative research more
Characterizing Dietary Niche Segregation at High Resolution
August 11, 2020 - An open access article published in Ecology & Evolution details a new high resolution method for niche characterization using carbon isotope patterns of essential amino acids more
From the First Farmers to the Spanish Empire
July 17, 2020 - 4000 years of plant and animal introductions to the Philippine Archipelago more
Patrick Roberts Made Member of the Young Academy of Europe
July 13, 2020 - The YAE is a pan-European initiative of outstanding young scientists for networking, scientific exchange and science policy more
Latest Trends in Archaeogenetic Research of West Eurasians
June 30, 2020 - Iñigo Olalde and Cosimo Posth describe where the field of Archaeogenetics in Europe and the Near East is heading, as has become apparent over the last two years of research more
Pan-Ev Research Group to Hold Virtual Seminar Series
The Rainforest Redux virtual seminar series will explore the role of the tropics in the deep human past more
Fyssen Postdoctoral Fellow Joins Pan-Ev Research Group
Dr. Eslem Ben Arous will be applying geochronological methods to date new discoveries in West Africa. more
Conversations in Human Evolution with Professor Michael Petraglia
June 9, 2020 - Professor Michael Petraglia answers questions about current research, discoveries in the field of archaeology, his favorite memory from the field, and much more. more
Ecosystem Engineering Among Ancient Pastoralists in Northern Central Asia
June 5, 2020 - Using a deep history approach that links ancient and contemporary societies, archaeologists from the MPI-SHH assess the ecosystem impacts of pastoralism in northern Central Asia more
14 Years of Archaeological and Heritage Research in the Iringa Region, Tanzania
Mai 21, 2020 - A new study details 67 sites spanning from the Early Stone Age to the recent past more
From Food to Grave Good: Exploitation of Monkeys in Java, Indonesia From ca. 10,000 Years Ago
Apr. 20, 2020 - In a new study a team of researchers, including Noel amano from the Department of Archaeology at MPI-SHH, describes the complex human-non-human primate interactions in Java, Indonesia from around 10,000 to 5000 years ago. more
Susanna Sabin receives 2019 Dieter Rampacher Prize
Apr. 3, 2020 - For her outstanding dissertation titled “Insights into microbial evolution and ecology from genetic analysis of diverse archaeological materials,” Dr. Susanna Sabin, 25, will be awarded the 2019 Dieter Rampacher Prize of the Max Planck Society. more
Patrick Roberts Named Member of Global Young Academy
March 31, 2020 - Dr. Roberts is one of two new Germany-based members selected for the prestigious multidisciplinary academy and is the sixth member selected from the Max Planck Society in the history of the organization. more
A New Holocene Climate and Environmental Record for Sri Lanka
March 24, 2020 - New lake records track changes in Indian Ocean Monsoon, showing changing precipitation across 3,000 years more
Submerged Shelf in South African Cape Was Ideal Ecosystem for Pleistocene Homo Sapiens
March 23, 2020 - Using isotope analysis of Pleistocene human prey, researchers show local residence of medium-large mammals in Paleo-Agulhas Plain roughly 150,000 years ago more
Mesolithic Humans Ate More Shellfish Than We Thought
March 18, 2020 - New study conducted in northern Iberia reveals that molluscs contributed significantly more to the diet of Mesolithic peoples living in Atlantic Europe than previously hypothesized. more
Ancient DNA from Sardinia reveals the genetic footprints of changing connectivity across the Mediterranean over six thousand years
Febr. 20, 2020 - Analysis of ancient DNA details the population history of the Italian island, providing new insight into its unique history and ancestral connections to other peoples of the Mediterranean more
New Evidence for Rainforest Foraging in Sri Lanka ca. 45,000 years ago
Febr. 7, 2020 - Results of investigations at Kitulgala Beli-lena led by researchers from the Department of Archaeology confirm human occupation of Sri Lanka’s rainforest region as early as ca. 45,000 cal. BP more
Solving an ancient dairy mystery could help cure modern food ills
Jan 27, 2020 - HORIZON magazine’s Science in Society takes a close look at research by Professor Christina Warinner and the DAIRYCULTURES group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, revealing how ancient dairy products can help us understand the rise in food intolerance and allergies more
Interpretation of past hominin and animal mobility over large-scale distances near Oldupai Gorge is possible
Jan. 23, 2020 - A recent publication in the Journal of Archaeological Science provides landscape-scale strontium isotope data and a proof of concept using animal teeth associated with major palaeoanthropological findings, showing that animal migrants coming far from the Oldupai Gorge region can be identified. This has major implications for the study of past hominin mobility in this important part of East Africa. more
How horse riding changed the ancient economies of eastern Eurasia
Jan. 23, 2020 - New study lead by William Taylor and Nicole Boivin of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History provides insights into early pastoral economies and herding transitions in eastern Eurasia. more
Scythian-era urbanites in the Pontic forest-steppe did not travel far from home
Jan. 23, 2020 - Inhabitants of Bel’sk remained local to the urban complex, with few individuals engaging in long-distance mobility, while engaging in farming and pastoralism. more
O is a round sound: The relationship between sound and meaning in 66 different languages
Research shows that the sound of some words relates to the concept they refer to more
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