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Historical Linguistics Workshop

DLCE Workshop
Organized by Russell Gray. [more]
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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

Our next "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Zandra Fragernäs (DAG), Adam Izdebski (ByzRes), Yunfan Lai (CALC) [more]
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Distinguished Lecture by Alicia Sanchez-Mazas: "The intriguing evolution of HLA genes in human populations"

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
Organized by Johannes Krause [more]
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Distinguished Lecture by Monica H. Green: "From Africa to Tibet: Telling Plague’s Story from the Periphery to the Center"

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

Our next "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: James Fellows Yates (DAG), Chiara Barbieri (DLCE) and Thomas Larsen (DA). [more]
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Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Amy Bogaard: "Recent Explorations of Early Urban Agroecology in Western Eurasia"

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
Organized by Ayushi Nayak [more]
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Organisers: Francesco d'Errico & Michael Petraglia [more]
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Distinguished Lecture by Tim Cleland: "Bone Proteomics and Paleoproteomics: Method Development and Detecting Diagenesis"

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
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Organised by Shixia Yang and Michael Petraglia [more]
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Organised by Alicia R. Ventresca Miller [more]
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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

Our next "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Ricardo Fernandes (DA), Robert Forkel (DLCE), Susanna Sabin (DAG) [more]
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Distinguished Lecture by Stephen Shennan: "The First Farmers of Europe: An Evolutionary Perspective"

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
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The 8th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA) took place from 18–21 September 2018 at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. It was organized and chaired by members of the Department of Archaeogenetics of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. [more]
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Isotope Research in Archaeology

DA Workshop
The Stable Isotope Research Group of the Department of Archaeology is hosting a one-day invited workshop on Monday 17th of September that will focus on recent developments and future avenues of isotope research in archaeology. [more]
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Kneipen-Quiz im Jenaer Paradies

Max-Planck-Tag am 14. September 2018
On the occasion of the nationwide Max Planck Day on September 14, 2018, the three Jena Max Planck Institutes are organizing a Flashmob and a Pub Quiz at Paradiescafé. Everybody is very welcome! The event starts at 20:00. (Further information in German) [more]
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From 11-13 September 2018, the MINT-Festival Jena will host a science festival around the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (MINT in German: mathematics, informatics/computer science, natural sciences and technology). It offers a colorful program consisting of exciting lectures, hands-on experiments, workshops, offers for career guidance and a student competition. In the foyer of the main university campus, visitors can look forward to an entertaining program that allows them to experience scientific phenomena up close! The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History will be taking part on the third day. [more]
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One of many ways in which language can inform us of the past is through an exploration of which kinds of structural changes in language correlate with which kinds of population movements and contacts. This talk presents case studies through the long history and dialectal diversity of German, from prehistory to the present-day. Defining stages include the Migration Period and the mediaeval expansion into what is now eastern Germany, which was once Slavic-speaking. Different linguistic effects can help diagnose whether there was an abrupt shift from one language to another, or an extended period of contact and broad bilingualism, or where contacts were among speakers of closely related dialects, rather than clearly distinct languages. [more]
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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

Our next "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Marieke van de Loosdrecht (DAG), Juliane Bräuer (DLCE) and Jessica Hendy (DA). [more]
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Microbial Diversity of Traditional Dairy Ecologies

Heirloom Microbes Workshop
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Lecture by Ludovic Orlando: Tracking Six Millenia of Horse Selection, Admixture and Management with Complete Genome Time-Series

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
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Heirloom Microbes Project: Proteomics Workshop

Heirloom Microbes Workshop
Proteomics Workshop - May 7-18. Participants: Linyuan Fan, Freddi Scheib, Rodrigo Barquera, Susanna Sabin, Karen Giffin, Betsy Nelson. Instructors: Dr. Christina Warinner, Zandra Fagernäs, Richard Hagan, Ashley Scott, Shevan Wilkin, Maddy Bleasdale. [more]
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Archaeology, Epigraphy, and Identity: Problems in Maya Pre/History

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
Organizers: Prof. Dr. Johannes Krause / Dr. Christina Warinner [more]
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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

The third "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Felix Key (DAG), Joseph Watts (DLCE), and Robert Spengler (DA). [more]
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Patterns of Disease in the Roman Empire

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
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Cultural Innovations in the Middle and Later Stone Age of East Africa: Panga Ya Saïdi, Kenya - Preliminary results

DA Talk
Our knowledge of the cultural innovations associated with the Middle Stone Age (MSA) and the Later Stone Age (LSA) in Africa has significantly increased over the last twenty years, mainly thanks to the excavations carried out in Southern Africa and Morocco. We do not have information of the same quality for Eastern Africa. The archaeological cave site of Panga Ya Saïdi (PYS), in Kenya, offers a great opportunity to address this issue. I will present preliminary results of a joint, multi-authored study of beads, bone tools, engraved bones, and pigment lumps recovered during recent excavation at PYS, and discuss their significance for the emergence and evolution of new cultural practices within the MSA and the LSA of this region. [more]
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Distinguished Lecture by Dr. María Martinón-Torres - "The Evolution of Homo sapiens: Asian Perspectives"

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
Recent discoveries have prompted the necessity to reconsider the weight that Asia may have played in the evolution of modern humans. Simple and linear models to explain the origin and dispersals of H. sapiens seem to be progressively outdated by the new paleoanthropological and archaeological sites. Here I present a general overview of some key fossil samples that place modern humans outside Africa close to 100,000 years ago, increasing the time of overlap with other archaic hominins and posing new questions about the time and pattern of H. sapiens expansion into Asia. Hosts: Michael Petraglia and Nicole Boivin, Department of Archaeology [more]
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Workshop: International Applications of Archaeological Science

DA Workshop
The Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is hosting an intensive, invitation-only, one-week workshop for early career researchers from all over the world, from 13-17 March 2018. [more]
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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

The second "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Richard Hagan (DAG), Hiba Babiker (DLCE), and Patrick Roberts (DA). [more]
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Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

Our inaugural monthly "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Paul Heggarty (DLCE), Monica Tromp (DA) and Cosimo Posth (DAG) [more]
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