Press Releases 2023

The Scent of the Afterlife Unbottled in New Study of Ancient Egyptian Mummification Balms

A team of researchers led by Barbara Huber has recreated one of the scents used in the mummification of an important Egyptian woman more than 3500 years ago. The ancient aroma will be presented at the Moesgaard Museum in Denmark in an upcoming exhibition. more

New insights into the origin of the Indo-European languages

In a new study led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the TIDE research group at the MPI of Geoanthropology, an international team of linguists and geneticists has achieved a significant breakthrough in our understanding of the origins of Indo-European, a family of languages spoken by nearly half of the world’s population more

Anthropocene Working Group proposes Crawford Lake as GSSP candidate site of the<br />Anthropocene series

On 11 July, in a joint press conference with the Max Planck Society (MPG), the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG) announced Crawford Lake, Canada as the proposed Global boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) candidate site of the Anthropocene series. Selecting Crawford Lake marks a significant step in the AWG’s effort to test the geological validity of the Anthropocene hypothesis and towards the scientific, and thereby also political and social recognition of the scale and severity of planetary transformation processes unleashed by industrialized humanity

Patrick Roberts and Oshan Wedage Awarded ‘Humanitarian’ Title by Sri Lanka’s Indigenous Vedda Community

Dr. Patrick Roberts of the Department of Archaeology and isoTROPIC Research Group at the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology, and Dr. Oshan Wedage of the University of Sri Jayawardenepura, were presented with this prestigious honour during a recent trip to Sri Lanka for their work on the repatriation of human remains and cultural artefacts. more

Research Reveals Longstanding Cultural Continuity at Oldest Occupied Site in West Africa

Stone tools recovered from near the Senegalese coast extend occupation of the region back to 150 thousand years ago and are comparable to those seen across Africa at this time, but uniquely persist in the region until 10 thousand years ago more

Dairy Foods Helped Ancient Tibetans Thrive in one of Earth’s Most Inhospitable Environments

Ancient protein evidence shows milk consumption was a powerful cultural adaptation that stimulated human expansion onto the highland Tibetan Plateau more

How Dogs are Used Impacts How They Are Treated

Data from 124 societies shows that dogs’ functions predict their treatment, with closer bonds forming in societies where dogs have multiple roles more

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