Press Releases 2022

Interdisciplinary Environmental History: How Narratives of the Past can meet the Challenges of the Anthropocene

A new paper in the journal Annales discusses vital methodological issues for humanities-based historical inquiry and argues that the challenges of the Anthropocene demand interdisciplinary research informed by a variety of historical narratives more

Charcoal and Cattle Correlate with Madagascar’s Megafaunal Extinctions

A new study suggests that changes in land use within the last millennia drove the extinction of Madagascar’s giant animals more

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

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