ArchaeoChats: Conversations with Our Collaborators from Around the World

To explore major questions in human origins and societal change, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History relies on a network of global collaborations and partnerships with people and institutions from around the world. Together, we combine cutting-edge field and laboratory analyses to formulate new ways of understanding the past. Much of our research is only possible because of the contributions of collaborators and partners from labs around the globe and in countries in which we conduct fieldwork.

To highlight partner contributions and showcase their essential involvement in MPI-SHH projects, Emma Finestone and Robert Patalano of the Department of Archaeology present ArchaeoChats, a discussion series with our collaborators from international institutions.

ArchaeoChats Episode 1: Martha Kayuni, University of Zambia

Martha joined the University of Zambia as a Staff Development Fellow in November 2012 and she earned a Master of Arts in Archaeology in 2017. Her master's thesis explored rock art in the context of hunter-gatherer activities in the area of Shiwa Ng’andu, Zambia. She was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Zambia in 2018 where she teaches anthropology. Martha works on a research projects studying rock art, hunter gatherer societies, cultural resource management, and food production and the origins of agriculture. She collaborates with MPI Department of Archaeology Group Leader Dr. Steve Goldstein on field projects studying the movement of people, plants and animals in Holocene Zambia.

ArchaeoChats Episode 2: Dr. Shixia Yang, Paleolithic Archaeologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Shixia Yang is a Palaeolithic archaeologist from the Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. After completing her PhD in 2015, Dr. Yang spent two years as postdoc at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Geology and Geophysics and was awarded a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to conduct research at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History between 2017 and 2019. Shixia’s research examines how human evolution relates to climate change, and specifically how humans have adapted to different environments in East Asia through stone tool production. Shixia works on a project titled: “Behavioral Adaptations of the Earliest Humans in East Asia” in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute, and has published a variety of papers on the lithic assemblages and technological innovations in the Loess Plateau and the Nihewan Basin of China.

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