All Events 2018

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Reconstructing the Human Past - EMBO|EMBL Symposium

The study of population genetic variation and the sequencing of ancient DNA represent promising new avenues for investigating human history and our evolutionary past. This meeting will involve scientists from genomics, bioinformatics, microbiology, anthropology, archaeology and historians and may initiate future interactions in this exciting and timely new research area that has the potential to change the way we think about our human past and how we might study genetic variation in the future. [more]

Eurasia3angle Conference

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Transeurasian millets and beans, language and genes

Interdisciplinary conference in "Tandem style". We invited 6 geneticists, 6 linguists and 6 archaeologists, but only on condition that they could partner with at least one co-presenter from outside their own discipline. As a result, all presentations will be truly "interdisciplinary" in the sense that they integrate different disciplines in a single paper. [more]

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Lecture by J. Marla Toyne: Life and Death in the Ancient Peruvian Cloud Forest: Advances in Chachapoya Bioarchaeology

Ancient communities shaped everyday existence as they were constructed to meet the changing needs of those living together. Most communities in the north-eastern Andean highlands of Peru, even into the later prehistoric periods, remained disperse and of small to moderate size, yet Kuelap (AD 800 – 1470) is one of the largest in this region. On top of the monumental stone platform are the remains of over 420 house structures, several public plazas, and the unique Tintero (Major Temple). Yet, no less than 9 different types of mortuary patterns have been identified at the site, which may suggest that the burial population represented diverse beliefs, social identities, or origins. Was Kuelap more than just a single community, but a collective of regional ethnic groups? This presentation explores the new and original analysis of the bioarchaeological data from the distinct mortuary contexts excavated across the site. I describe and define the skeletal patterns of health indicators, diet, disease, and lifestyle from the over 600 individuals excavated at the site. Figuring out who was buried at Kuelap might help us understand who was living at Kuelap and the purpose of this enigmatic site. [more]

DLCE Workshop

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Historical Linguistics Workshop

Organized by Russell Gray. [more]

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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

Our next "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Zandra Fragernäs (DAG), Adam Izdebski (ByzRes), Yunfan Lai (CALC) [more]

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

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Distinguished Lecture by Alicia Sanchez-Mazas: "The intriguing evolution of HLA genes in human populations"

Organized by Johannes Krause [more]

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

Our next "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: James Fellows Yates (DAG), Chiara Barbieri (DLCE) and Thomas Larsen (DA). [more]

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

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Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Amy Bogaard: "Recent Explorations of Early Urban Agroecology in Western Eurasia"

Organized by Ayushi Nayak [more]

DA Workshop

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Panga ya Saidi and the Emergence of Cultural Modernity in East Africa

Organisers: Francesco d'Errico & Michael Petraglia [more]

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

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Distinguished Lecture by Tim Cleland: "Bone Proteomics and Paleoproteomics: Method Development and Detecting Diagenesis"

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DA Workshop

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Prehistory and Societal Development in Eastern Asia

Organised by Shixia Yang and Michael Petraglia [more]

DA Workshop

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Mosaic of Millet: Adoption of cultigens by pastoral populations in Central and Inner Asia

Organised by Alicia R. Ventresca Miller [more]

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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

Our next "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Ricardo Fernandes (DA), Robert Forkel (DLCE), Susanna Sabin (DAG) [more]

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

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Distinguished Lecture by Stephen Shennan: "The First Farmers of Europe: An Evolutionary Perspective"

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8th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA) 2018

The 8th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA) took place from 18–21 September 2018 at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. It was organized and chaired by members of the Department of Archaeogenetics of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. [more]

DA Workshop

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Isotope Research in Archaeology

The Stable Isotope Research Group of the Department of Archaeology is hosting a one-day invited workshop on Monday 17th of September that will focus on recent developments and future avenues of isotope research in archaeology. [more]

Max-Planck-Tag am 14. September 2018

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Kneipen-Quiz im Jenaer Paradies

On the occasion of the nationwide Max Planck Day on September 14, 2018, the three Jena Max Planck Institutes are organizing a Flashmob and a Pub Quiz at Paradiescafé. Everybody is very welcome! The event starts at 20:00. (Further information in German) [more]

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MINT-Festival Jena

From 11-13 September 2018, the MINT-Festival Jena will host a science festival around the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (MINT in German: mathematics, informatics/computer science, natural sciences and technology). It offers a colorful program consisting of exciting lectures, hands-on experiments, workshops, offers for career guidance and a student competition. In the foyer of the main university campus, visitors can look forward to an entertaining program that allows them to experience scientific phenomena up close! The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History will be taking part on the third day. [more]

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

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Distinguished Lecture by Joe Salmons: "When People Move, Languages Change: The Origins of German, and of its Speakers"

One of many ways in which language can inform us of the past is through an exploration of which kinds of structural changes in language correlate with which kinds of population movements and contacts. This talk presents case studies through the long history and dialectal diversity of German, from prehistory to the present-day. Defining stages include the Migration Period and the mediaeval expansion into what is now eastern Germany, which was once Slavic-speaking. Different linguistic effects can help diagnose whether there was an abrupt shift from one language to another, or an extended period of contact and broad bilingualism, or where contacts were among speakers of closely related dialects, rather than clearly distinct languages. [more]

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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

Our next "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Marieke van de Loosdrecht (DAG), Juliane Bräuer (DLCE) and Jessica Hendy (DA). [more]

Heirloom Microbes Workshop

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

Heirloom Microbes Workshop

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Heirloom Microbes Project: Proteomics Workshop

Proteomics Workshop - May 7-18. Participants: Linyuan Fan, Freddi Scheib, Rodrigo Barquera, Susanna Sabin, Karen Giffin, Betsy Nelson. Instructors: Dr. Christina Warinner, Zandra Fagernäs, Richard Hagan, Ashley Scott, Shevan Wilkin, Maddy Bleasdale. [more]

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

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Archaeology, Epigraphy, and Identity: Problems in Maya Pre/History

Organizers: Prof. Dr. Johannes Krause / Dr. Christina Warinner [more]

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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

The third "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Felix Key (DAG), Joseph Watts (DLCE), and Robert Spengler (DA). [more]

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

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Patterns of Disease in the Roman Empire

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DA Talk

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Cultural Innovations in the Middle and Later Stone Age of East Africa: Panga Ya Saïdi, Kenya - Preliminary results

Our knowledge of the cultural innovations associated with the Middle Stone Age (MSA) and the Later Stone Age (LSA) in Africa has significantly increased over the last twenty years, mainly thanks to the excavations carried out in Southern Africa and Morocco. We do not have information of the same quality for Eastern Africa. The archaeological cave site of Panga Ya Saïdi (PYS), in Kenya, offers a great opportunity to address this issue. I will present preliminary results of a joint, multi-authored study of beads, bone tools, engraved bones, and pigment lumps recovered during recent excavation at PYS, and discuss their significance for the emergence and evolution of new cultural practices within the MSA and the LSA of this region. [more]

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

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Distinguished Lecture by Dr. María Martinón-Torres - "The Evolution of Homo sapiens: Asian Perspectives"

Recent discoveries have prompted the necessity to reconsider the weight that Asia may have played in the evolution of modern humans. Simple and linear models to explain the origin and dispersals of H. sapiens seem to be progressively outdated by the new paleoanthropological and archaeological sites. Here I present a general overview of some key fossil samples that place modern humans outside Africa close to 100,000 years ago, increasing the time of overlap with other archaic hominins and posing new questions about the time and pattern of H. sapiens expansion into Asia. Hosts: Michael Petraglia and Nicole Boivin, Department of Archaeology [more]

DA Workshop

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Workshop: International Applications of Archaeological Science

The Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is hosting an intensive, invitation-only, one-week workshop for early career researchers from all over the world in a variety of archaeological science approaches that have international applicability. These include: quantitative lithics analyses, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) approaches, proteomics, ZooMS, stable isotope analysis, archaeobotany, archaeozoology, chronological methods and models, and statistical analysis. [more]

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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

The second "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Richard Hagan (DAG), Hiba Babiker (DLCE), and Patrick Roberts (DA). [more]

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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

Our inaugural monthly "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Paul Heggarty (DLCE), Monica Tromp (DA) and Cosimo Posth (DAG) [more]

Eurasia3angle workshop

 
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