Updates 2022

Spread of Black Rats was Linked to Human Historical Events
New research reveals how the black rat colonised Europe in the Roman and Medieval periods more
Marine Mollusc Shells Reveal how Prehistoric Humans Adapted to Intense Climate Change
A new multidisciplinary study reveals the impact and consequences of the ‘8.2 ka event’, the largest abrupt climate change of the Holocene, for prehistoric foragers and marine ecology in Atlantic Europe more
Rice Terracing Facilitated Village Growth in Pericolonial Highland Ifugao, Philippines
A new multidisciplinary paper led by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History combines historical, archaeological, and palaeoecological data into land use models to study the impact of rice agriculture on land-use and demography in the famous Ifugao region of Philippines. more
A New Map of Pleistocene Archaeological Sites in West Africa
A publication in the Journal of Maps synthesizes all well-contextualized Stone Age sites in Sub-Saharan West Africa more
Stone Fruit from the Stone Age: The Earliest Known Olive Use in Africa
A recent study published in the journal Nature Plants examines charcoal and pit fragments to reveal that people were already using olives as food and fuel 100,000 years ago more
Enduring Centers of Human Habitation in Africa Identified
New study identifies regions best suited to persistent human occupation through the last glacial cycle more
Environmental History Meets Public Policy
Our series of learn-and-debate webinars is intended to facilitate the development of public policy that can help us cope with the natural crises of our times. We will provide the environmental history community with the basic understanding of the ways by which science and policy interact, in particular in the European context, helping individuals and groups to engage in the policy making process. more
Pre-Columbian Landscape Management in the Seasonally Dry Forests of Argentina
A team of international researchers, including scholars at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, outline growing evidence of anthropogenic landscapes in the semi-deciduous tropical forest biomes of northwest Argentina. The paper, published in World Archaeology, shows that human societies inhabiting this region during the first millennium AD (about. 1,500-1,000 years ago) established a strategy of ‘overlapping patchworks’ of food production that were able to contend with considerable seasonal variability more
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