News 2017

Technological advances and multidisciplinary research teams are reshaping our understanding of when and how humans left Africa – and who they met along the way. more
This workshop will bring together different specialists working in South Asia to share results and facilitate an inter-disciplinary approach to uncovering the past of this diverse region "crossroads".
Date: Dec. 15, 9:00-18:00
Host: Department of Archaeology
Organizer: Ayushi Nayak ( more
The MPI-SHH Adventures in Archaeology coloring book, debuted at the Long Night of Sciences, is now available for download in three languages - with more on the way!
Spanish/Español more
Researchers from the MPI-SHH have found what may be the oldest-known images of dogs, some of whom are wearing leashes. The original study, published in the Journal of Anthropolical Archaeology, is described in Science Magazine (with accompanying video). more
Alicia Ventresca Miller is co-editor of this new edited volume, which brings together the latest studies using heavy and light stable isotopic analyses of humans and animals to investigate pastoralist diets, movement, and animal management strategies. more
The project, headed by Michael Petraglia of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, receives Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Ansari Award for Serving Kingdom’s Antiquities for a Pioneering Non-Saudi Group at the 1st Saudi Archeology Convention. more
Exploring the long durée of Central Asian prehistory through cross-disciplinary approaches and methodologies. Nov. 7, 2017. more
Article in the Guardian by postdoctoral researcher William Taylor discusses the problems currently faced in Mongolia due looting of archaeological sites. Mongolia’s cold, dry climate can result in incredible archaeological finds, but a harsh economic downturn means looting has risen to disastrous levels. more
This workshop aims to explore the ways in which new and innovative multidisciplinary approaches can reveal how specific opportunities and obstacles shaped the spread of peoples, plants, and animals in Holocene eastern Africa. more
Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
October 25, 2017, 15:30
Hosted by the Department of Archaeology more
Genetic analyses uncover lost human populations and surprising relationships, revealing a complex history of population movements in ancient Africa. more
Max Planck Society Research Grant awarded to project led by Dr. Patrick Roberts to use tree DNA and chronological profiling to reconstruct prehistoric human rainforest disturbance. more
IsoArcH ( is a new open-access and collaborative isotope database for bioarchaeological samples (humans, animals, plants and organic residues) from the Graeco-Roman world (sensu lato) and its margins. more
Agreement will facilitate strong research cooperations between the two institutions. more
“A transect of environmental variability across South Asia and its influence on Late Pleistocene human innovation and occupation,” examines climate change as a driver of evolution and innovation. more
New technologies provide evidence in the debate on when and how Asian fauna was introduced to Africa. more
Interdisciplinary research on Quaternary climate and environmental changes and their effects on human dispersals based on sediment cores from the Jubbah palaeolake basin (Saudi Arabia).
Organized by Florian Ott and Michael Petraglia.
August 31 - September 1, 2017 more
A partnership has been established between the IsoMemo initiative and the PRIMDAT and HOMDAT pre-Holocene hominin and human stable isotope databases (MPI-SHH). more
Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
August 16, 2017, 15:00
Hosted by the Department of Archaeology more
A wooden container found in an ice patch at 2,650m in the Swiss Alps could help archaeologists shed new light on the spread and exploitation of cereal grains following a chance discovery. more
A group of scientists has traced the domestication of cats by analyzing the DNA of ancient felines, discovering two major waves of domestication that left their mark in our modern housecat. more
Petraglia’s work on the project will focus on fluctuating wet and arid phases in Arabia over the past 125,000 years, and how humans adapted to these changes. more
Department of Archaeology Workshop
Date: Jun 29 to Jun 30
Organizer: Monica Tromp more

Matt Sponheimer - Early Hominin Diet: Where are we and where do we go from here?

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
June 28, 2017, 15:00
Hosted by the Department of Archaeology
Douka and her team have been awarded an ERC Starting Grant to search for human fossils, particularly Denisovans. more
Florian Ott, Researcher at the Department of Archaeology, has been awarded the Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). more
The Oxford Companion to Cheese, with a contribution by Jessica Hendy, is a recipient of the 2017 James Beard Foundation Book Award for best Reference and Scholarship Book. The Oxford Companion to Cheese is a reference with over 850 entries on all aspects of cheese - historical and cultural, scientific, and technical - with contributors ranging from cheesemakers and cheese retailers to dairy scientists, microbiologists, historians, and anthropologists. Hendy’s entry is on “Archaeological Detection" and outlines how archaeologists and scientists identify dairying practices in the past.

2017 James Beard Foundation Award Winners more
Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
April 12, 2017
Hosted by Department of Archaeology more
According to new research, nomadic horse culture – famously associated with Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes – can trace its roots back more than 3000 years in the eastern Eurasian Steppes, in the territory of modern Mongolia. more
A new paper published in the American Journal of Primatology provides a comprehensive plant reference dataset for a forest habitat of three primate species in Sri Lanka. more
A new paper published in the Journal of Human Evolution demonstrates human reliance on tropical rainforest resources in the Late Pleistocene, 36,000 years ago. more

10 years of ERC

The European Research Council is celebrating its 10th anniversary. With their project proposals Sealinks and Palaeodeserts, Nicole Boivin and Michael Petraglia were among the first winners of ERC grants.

Featured by Science and the MPG: Career success stories of the European Research Council, At 10, Europe`s 'excellence' fund ponders changes, Top funding for top researchers
How have humans colonised the entire planet and reshaped its ecosystems in the process? This unique and groundbreaking collection of essays explores human movement through time, the impacts of these movements on landscapes and other species, and the ways in which species have co-evolved and transformed each other as a result. more
Workshop Feb. 20. - Feb. 21. at MPI for the Science of Human History more
Foraging lifestyles persisted in New Guinean tropical forest environments even after the advent of farming 8,000 years ago more

Matthew J. Collins: Survival and utility of ancient proteins in archaeology

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series
Jan 25, 2017
Host: Department of Archaeology

Dr. Patrick Roberts of the Department of Archaeology, has been involved for the second time to an UNESCO meeting centred on tropical forest conservation. more
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