Press Releases 2022

Renaming of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

New research focus in the field of geoanthropology more

Livestock and Dairying Led To Dramatic Social Changes in Ancient Mongolia, U-M Study Shows

The movement of herders and livestock into the eastern steppe is of great interest to researchers, but few scholars have linked the introduction of herds and horses to the rise of complex societies. more

DIY Digital Archaeology: New Methods for Visualizing Small Objects and Artefacts

A new article in PLOS ONE presents step-by-step protocols for creating publishable 2D and 3D visualizations. The techniques will allow anyone to produce high-quality images and models with minimal effort and cost. more

The Astonishing Origins of a Rebel Language in the Philippines

The Last Language on Earth examines the origins and history of the Eskayan language, spoken today by an upland community on the island of Bohol in the southern Philippines. Using linguistic, ethnographic and historical lines of investigation, the new book engages directly with the Eskayan language itself, as well as the direct perspectives of those who use it today. more

Smells like Ancient Society: Scientists Find Ways to Study and Reconstruct Past Scents

In a new call for action paper published in Nature Human Behaviour, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany, discuss the importance of scent in human history and address how and why experts might investigate smells from the past. more

Archaeologists Discover Innovative 40,000-Year-Old Culture in China

A well-preserved Palaeolithic site in northern China reveals a new and previously unidentified set of cultural innovations more

Summer monsoon rainfall, India

A new study indicates that severe monsoon failure in the Indian subcontinent is more likely under the current global warming scenario more

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