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A New Legacy:  Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry to Explore Potential of Legacy Collections in Natural History Museums
A recent study revisits 19th-century museum collection to test the utility of ZooMS proteomic techniques to taxonomically identify bone fragments and ultimately provide new insights into human-animal interactions trough time
Etruscan Infants’ Diets and Skeletal Health: New Findings from Pre-Roman Italy
In a new study published in PLOS ONE, a team of researchers from the Department of Archaeology at MPI GEA, the University of Pisa and Le Mans Université reveal early Etruscan urban life histories. more
Obsidian Study Shows Changing Land Use and Social Networks in Copper Age Armenia
A new research article published in Antiquity examines obsidian fragments from a newly discovered Copper Age site in Armenia. The finds reveals greater social connectivity across the landscape trough time.
Archaeological Insights from the First Lava Tube Excavation in Arabia
A recent study published in PLoS ONE reveals repeated human occupation at the Umm Jirsan lava tube from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age. The findings shed light on diets, cultural practices, and interactions with the landscape, offering a glimpse into the lives of early peoples on the Arabian Peninsula more
Between Climate and Culture: Exploring Middle Stone Age Archaeological Diversity in Eastern Africa
A recent systematic review by new Human Palaeosystems Group member Dr. Lucy Timbrell highlights links between climate change, population dynamics and archaeological diversity in eastern Africa during the Middle Stone Age, the period of prehistory linked to the emergence of our species. more
The changing role of millet in Late Bronze Age central Germany
New interdisciplinary research reveals a shift towards reliance on millet, a drought resistant crop, during the beginning of the Late Bronze Age more
Mark Hudson elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Hudson is one of 43 Fellows elected to the Society at their recent meeting in February 2024 more
Book Review: The Einsteinian Revolution: The Historical Roots of His Breakthroughs
Review of the new book by Jürgen Renn and Hanoch Gutfreund in Nature more
Klimabilanz für 2023: „Wir müssen den gesellschaftlichen Wandel beschleunigen“
Interview Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Interview in German, paywalled):
Assessment and classification of the special climate year 2023 with climate researcher Ricarda Winkelmann more
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