News from the isoTROPIC Research Group

News from the isoTROPIC Research Group

Diversity Characterised Diets in the Late Holocene Amazon Basin
A new multidisciplinary study published in PLOS ONE, led by a collaboration between the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology, Scientia Consultoria Científica, and Universidade Federal do Pará in Brazil highlights the importance of the use of diverse wild plants and animals, indigenous domesticates, and river resources in different parts of the Amazon Basin. 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
Deep Roots of the ‘Anthropocene’ Can Be Found in Tropical Forests
New special edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showcases multidisciplinary approaches to exploring human impacts on tropical forests and their associated earth systems.
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Indigenous Mortality Following Spanish Colonization Did Not Always Lead to Forest Regrowth
New research led by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, shows that disruptions to Indigenous land management following Iberian colonization did not always result in widespread forest regrowth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific, as has been recently argued. more
Dr. Patrick Roberts Receives Prestigious Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize
Dr. Patrick Roberts of the Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for Human History is one of 10 researchers to receive Germany's most important prize for young researchers in 2021. The DFG and BMBF will award Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prizes of 2021 at a virtual award ceremony on May 4th. more
Patrick Roberts Made National Geographic 'Explorer'
Dr. Patrick Roberts of the Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History has received a National Geographic Explorer grant to further his work investigating the formation and collapse of urban societies in tropical Sri Lanka more
Repatriation of Wanniyalaeto (‘Veddah’) Remains Following Ceremony in Edinburgh
"The dead are very important in Wanniyalaeto society," said Chief Wanniya Uruwarige. "This reuniting of spirits and physical remains... is a very special moment for my people." more
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