News 2020

14 Years of Archaeological and Heritage Research in the Iringa Region, Tanzania
A new study details 67 sites spanning from the Early Stone Age to the recent past more
Climate Change, Human Migrations and Societal Change in Arabia - Webinar at KAUST by Michael Petraglia
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Perlen aus Boa-Knochen auf den Kleinen Antillen entdeckt
The first identifications of Boa on Martinique, Basse-Terre and La Désirade islands point to the snake’s significance for pre-Columbian Amerindians more
<p>Cannibalism Helps Invading Invertebrates Survive Severe Conditions</p>
Investing in the future: Researchers show how cannibalism among the invasive comb jelly enables adults to survive severe conditions at the edge of their ecological range with implications for the use and evolutionary origins of cannibalism. more
<p>Direkter Beleg für die Besiedlung von Inseln jenseits der Wallace-Linie im Spätpleistozän</p>

New isotopic study of fossil teeth shows flexible human adaptations to Pleistocene island life through time

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Vom Lebensmittel zur Grabbeigabe: Die Ausbeutung von Affen auf Java, Indonesien seit ca. 10.000 Jahren
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
Societal Transformations and Resilience in Arabia Across 12,000 Years of Climate Change
Social, economic and cultural responses to climate change by ancient peoples highlight vulnerabilities of modern societies and the need for sustainable new solutions more
<p>Patrick Roberts Named Member of Global Young Academy</p>

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.

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<p>Neue Klima-und Umweltaufzeichnungen für Sri Lanka</p>
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 <em>Homo Sapiens</em>
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
<p>Menschen aßen im Mesolithikum mehr Schalentiere als bislang angenommen</p>
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
How Millets sustained Mongolia’s Empires
Stable isotope analyses reveals dramatic diet diversification at the onset of the steppe’s earliest empires more
5000 Jahre alte Milchproteine weisen auf die Bedeutung der Molkerei im Osten Eurasiens hin
Recent findings push back estimates of dairying in the eastern Steppe by more than 1700 years, pointing to migration as a potential means of introduction more
Anthropogenic seed dispersal: rethinking the origins of plant domestication
In a new manuscript, Dr. Robert Spengler argues that all of the earliest traits of plant domestication are linked to a mutualistic relationship in which plants recruited humans for seed dispersal. more
<p>Human Populations survived the Toba volcanic super-eruption 74,000 years ago</p>
New archaeological work supports the hypothesis that human populations were present in India by 80,000 years ago and that they survived one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the last two million years. more
New Evidence for Rainforest Foraging in Sri Lanka ca. 45,000 years ago
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
Interpretation of past hominin and animal mobility over large-scale distances near Oldupai Gorge is possible, shows new study
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
Scythian-era urbanites in the Pontic forest-steppe did not travel far from home
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
How horse riding changed the ancient economies of eastern Eurasia
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
Squaring the circle: a coherent reconstruction of the past from multiple lines of evidence
As part of the MPI SHH's Distinguished Lecture Series, come hear on January 30, Professor Manica discuss advances on reconstructing the past of our species by quantitatively combining climatic reconstructions, ecological and palaeontological data, as well as genetics from both modern and ancient genomes. more
Die "exakten Wissenschaften" und die Mittelalterforschung - Round Table des MPI-SHH und des Historischen Instituts der FSU Jena
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.
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