News 2019

A joint Jena University-MPI workshop on the "Science of the Past" and Medieval History
Jan. 9, 2020 - The Paleo-Science & History Group (with the support of the Department of Archaeogenetics) is organising a joint workshop with the Institute of History of the University of Jena (FSU) on the applications of scientific methods to the study of the Middle Ages.
Interview with Clemens Schmid, winner of the DGUF's 2019 Deutscher Studienpreis for Archaeology
Schmid was awarded the prize in June 2019 for his master thesis: "A computer-based cultural evolution model for the propagation dynamics of European Bronze Age burial customs". more
Addressing injustice with the science of human history
Dr. Stephan Schiffels and Joscha Gretzinger use genetic analysis to help restore dignity to unethically obtained skeletons in South Africa more
Lord of the Bones – Johannes Krause profiled in Spiegel Online (German Language)
"The 39-year-old's laboratory specializes in the analysis of ancient DNA, thus combining the disciplines of archaeology and genetics. It is one of a handful of institutions worldwide that regularly produce spectacular research results on human history." more
Sonderausstellung "Pest!" im LWL-Museum für Archäologie Herne
The Department of Archaeogenetics supported the Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Archäologie in Herne with the conception and realization of a large new special exhibition on the history of the plague and its worldwide effects. more
10 million Euro ERC Synergy Grant awarded for study of medieval populations
The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History’s Johannes Krause among four principal investigators to head HistoGenes - a project integrating genetic, archaeological and historical perspectives on Eastern Central Europe, 400-900 AD. more
Social inequality in Bronze Age households
Archaeogenetic analyses provide new insights into social inequality 4000 years ago: nuclear families lived together with foreign women and individuals from lower social classes in the same household. more
Max Planck Mental Health Awareness Week at the Institute
The Institute will be hosting a variety of events from October 7-10 to bring awareness to these issues, organized by the Mental Health Awareness Week Committee. more
Ancient genomes provide insight into the genetic history of the second plague pandemic
Analysis of 34 ancient plague genomes from the Black Death and succeeding plague epidemics in Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries, reveals how the bacterium diversified after a single introduction. more
Jena Declaration - The concept of race is the result of racism, not its prerequisite
Johannes Krause is one of the authors of the Jena Declaration by which evolutionary researchers and zoologists oppose seemingly scientific justifications for racism and argue that the concept of race lacks any biological basis. In zoology and anthropology, the authors concludes, "today and in the future, not using the term race should be part of scientific decency".
Photo: Jürgen Scheere/FSU more
Teeth offer vital clues about diet during the Great Irish Famine
Scientific analysis of dental calculus of the victims of famine found evidence of corn, oats, potatoes, wheat and dairy foods. more
Patrick Roberts, Stephan Schiffels, and Robert Spengler awarded ERC Starting Grants
The highly competitive grants will allow the recipients to fund research groups on their projects "PANTROPOCENE: Finding a Pre-industrial, Pan-tropical 'Anthropocene'", "MICROSCOPE: Zooming into the Population History of Iron Age Europe with Rare Genetic Variants", and "FEDD: Fruits of Eurasia: Domestication and Dispersal". more
Workshop: Interactions in pre-Columbian Cuba. Adding detail to the transition from the Archaic to the Ceramic Age
Date: August 7-9, 2019
Room: Villa V04
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics
Organizer: Kathrin Nägele more
Ancient DNA sheds light on the origins of the Biblical Philistines
Ancient genomes suggest that the Philistines descended from people who migrated across the Mediterranean and reached the shores of the southern Levant at the beginning of the Iron Age. more
Maria Spyrou of the MPI-SHH receives Otto Hahn Medal for 2018
The Otto Hahn Medal is awarded annually by the Max Planck Society to approximately 30 young researchers for best PhD thesis. The prizes are awarded at the general meeting of the MPG each June and are among the most prestigious honors for PhD students in Germany. more
Ancient DNA sheds light on the migration and impact of Arctic hunter-gatherers to North America about 5000 years ago
An ancient population of Arctic hunter-gatherers, known as Paleo-Eskimos, made a significant genetic contribution to populations living in Arctic North America today. more
Details of first historically recorded plague pandemic revealed by ancient genomes
Analysis of 8 new plague genomes from the first plague pandemic reveals previously unknown levels of plague diversity, and provides the first genetic evidence of the Justinianic Plague in the British Isles. more
New techniques in the field of ancient pathogens genomics aid research on infectious diseases
Over the past decade, research on ancient pathogens has been greatly enhanced by advances in ancient genomics. Researchers have been using new methods to make important discoveries, while some challenges remain. more
Details of the history of inner Eurasia revealed by new study
Researchers combining genetics, archaeology, history and linguistics have gained new insights into the history of inner Eurasia, once a cultural and genetic crossroads connecting Europe and Asia. more
Microbes on the Move
"Dairying Diversity and Food Sovereignty on the Eurasian Steppes"
A Travelling Conference
May 18-28, 2019
Ulaanbaatar, Monglia and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan more
Reconstructing the Human Past Using Ancient and Modern Genomics
EMBO|EMBL Symposium
Mar. 31 - Apr. 3, 2019
Location: EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Co-Organized by Johannes Krause more
Distinguished Lecture by Alison Beach: "Reading the Remnants: Religious Women and the Material Turn in Medieval History"
Date & Time: Apr 9, 2019, 15:00
Speaker: Prof. Alison Beach
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics more
First Anatolian farmers were local hunter-gatherers that adopted agriculture
The first farmers from Anatolia, who brought farming to Europe and represent the single largest ancestral component in modern-day Europeans, are directly descended from local hunter-gatherers who adopted a farming way of life. more
Unique diversity of the genetic history of the Iberian Peninsula revealed by dual studies
Two studies, one looking at Iberian hunter-gatherers between 13,000 and 6000 years ago and another looking at Iberian populations over the last 8000 years, add new resolution to our understanding of the history and prehistory of the region. more
Johannes Krause publishes book about newest research
The journey of our genes - A story about us and our ancestors
Where are we from? Who are we? What distinguishes us from others? These questions are more urgent today than ever before. Johannes Krause and Thomas Trappe go back to prehistory and tell us how Europeans became who they are today. more
DLCE & DAG Workshop: The History of the Dogon and Pre-Dogon Settlements in West Africa
Date: March 11, 2019
Room: Oval Office 103
Host: Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution & Department of Archaeogenetics more
The Caucasus: complex interplay of genes and cultures
Genetic studies of ancient populations in the Caucasus region testify to the complex interaction of populations from the Eurasian steppe and the Caucasus Mountains in the Bronze Age. more
Illuminating women’s role in the creation of medieval manuscripts
Analysis of the fossilized dental plaque of a medieval woman reveals lapis lazuli, suggesting she was an accomplished painter of illuminated manuscripts. more
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