News 2020

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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