Profile

Profile

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) in Jena was founded in 2014 to target fundamental questions of human history and evolution since the Paleolithic. It currently consists of three interdisciplinary research departments that integrate methods and research questions from the natural sciences and the humanities: the Department of Archaeology, the Department of Archaeogenetics, and the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution.

The MPI-SHH assembles experts, and large datasets, from research areas as diverse as archaeological science, anthropology, bioinformatics, proteomics, ancient genetics, quantitative linguistics, and others, to explore big questions of the human past: 

  • the settlement history of the world through past human migrations and genetic admixture events
  • the impact of climatic and environmental change on human subsistence in different world regions
  • human modification of ecosystems
  • past human nutrition
  • the spread and diversification of human-associated microbes and infectious diseases
  • the spread and diversification of languages, cultures, and social practices
  • the co-evolution of genes and culture

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is currently undergoing a process of restructuring. Learn more

Go to Editor View