Updates 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
Solving an ancient dairy mystery could help cure modern food ills

HORIZON magazine’s Science in Society takes a close look at research by Professor Christina Warinner and the DAIRYCULTURES group at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, revealing how ancient dairy products can help us understand the rise in food intolerance and allergies

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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
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
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
O is a round sound: The relationship between sound and meaning in 66 different languages
Research shows that the sound of some words relates to the concept they refer to more
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