Dog studies

We are investigating the cognitive abilities of dogs, and we are looking for participants. All studies are done in a playful way.

Participants wanted!

We are investigating the cognitive abilities of dogs, and we are looking for participants. All studies are done in a playful way. [more]

Latest publications

Anderson, C.; Tresoldi, T.; Chacon, T.; Fehn, A.-M.; Walworth, M.; Forkel, R.; List, J.-M.: A cross-linguistic database of phonetic transcription systems. Yearbook of the Poznan Linguistic Meeting 4 (1), pp. 21 - 53 (2019)
Yasuda, Y.; Hudson, M. (Eds.): Multidisciplinary studies of the environment and civilization: japanese perspectives. Routledge, London (2017), 196 pp.
Feldman, M.; Master, D. M.; Bianco, R. A.; Burri Promerová, M.; Stockhammer, P. W.; Mittnik, A.; Aja, A. J.; Jeong, C.; Krause, J.: Ancient DNA sheds light on the genetic origins of early Iron Age Philistines. Science Advances 5 (7), eaax0061 (2019)
Verkerk, A.: Detecting non-tree-like signal using multiple tree topologies. Journal of Historical Linguistics 9 (1), pp. 9 - 69 (2019)
Velsko, I. M.; Fellows Yates, J. A.; Aron, F.; Hagan, R.; Frantz, L. A. F.; Loe, L.; Martinez, J. B. R.; Chaves, E.; Gosden, C.; Larson, G. et al.; Warinner, C. G.: Microbial differences between dental plaque and historic dental calculus are related to oral biofilm maturation stage. Microbiome 7 (1), 102 (2019)
Guillaume, J.; List, J.-M.: Why we need tree models in linguistic reconstruction (and when we should apply them). Journal of Historical Linguistics 9 (1), pp. 128 - 166 (2019)
Kelly, P.: Australian message sticks: old questions, new directions, (2019)

A complete list of publications you can find here.

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Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Institute 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. From the vantage point of three interdisciplinary research departments – the Department of Archaeogenetics (Director Johannes Krause), the Department of Archaeology (Director Nicole Boivin), and the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution (Director Russell Gray) – the MPI-SHH pursues an integrative approach to the study of human history that bridges the traditional divide between the natural sciences and the humanities. [more]


News

Date & Time: Aug 8, 2019 at 13:00Speaker: Salima IkramRoom: Villa V14Host: Department of Archaeogenetics

Distinguished Lecture by Salima Ikram: "Who Were the Ancient Egyptians, and Where Did They All Come From?"

Date & Time: Aug 8, 2019 at 13:00
Speaker: Salima Ikram
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics [more]
The Department of Archaeology is proud to extend our congratulations to Dr. Jillian Swift who has recently started a position as Archaeologist at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawai’i in the United States.

Another Department of Archaeology post-doc officially starts a museum research position in the United States of America

The Department of Archaeology is proud to extend our congratulations to Dr. Jillian Swift who has recently started a position as Archaeologist at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawai’i in the United States. [more]
Professor Michael Petraglia is a new affiliate of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  As one of his first teaching assignments he gave a week-long course to one hundred Ph.D. and Master’s level students entitled: "Human Evolution and Climate Change".

Michael Petraglia affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Michael Petraglia is a new affiliate of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.  As one of his first teaching assignments he gave a week-long course to one hundred Ph.D. and Master’s level students entitled: "Human Evolution and Climate Change". [more]
The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) was established in 2013 by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain.

Eleanor Scerri elected a member of Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) was established in 2013 by the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain. [more]
The ancestral relatives of millets and other small-seeded crops originally evolved to be dispersed by megafaunal grazers of the Pleistocene and earlier epochs, and in some cases later came to rely on pastoral herds to disperse their seeds.

Grazing Animals Drove Domestication of Grain Crops

The ancestral relatives of millets and other small-seeded crops originally evolved to be dispersed by megafaunal grazers of the Pleistocene and earlier epochs, and in some cases later came to rely on pastoral herds to disperse their seeds.

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The Department of Archaeology is proud to announce that three of its current postdoctoral researchers have been awarded tenure track professorships in the United States.

Three Department of Archaeology post-docs win tenure-track positions in the United States

The Department of Archaeology is proud to announce that three of its current postdoctoral researchers have been awarded tenure track professorships in the United States. [more]
Ancient genomes suggest that the Philistines descended from people who migrated across the Mediterranean and reached the shores of the southern Levant at the beginning of the Iron Age.

Ancient DNA sheds light on the origins of the Biblical Philistines

Ancient genomes suggest that the Philistines descended from people who migrated across the Mediterranean and reached the shores of the southern Levant at the beginning of the Iron Age. [more]
The Otto Hahn Medal is awarded annually by the Max Planck Society to approximately 30 young researchers for best PhD thesis. The prizes are awarded at the general meeting of the MPG each June and are among the most prestigious honors for PhD students in Germany.

Maria Spyrou of the MPI-SHH receives Otto Hahn Medal for 2018

The Otto Hahn Medal is awarded annually by the Max Planck Society to approximately 30 young researchers for best PhD thesis. The prizes are awarded at the general meeting of the MPG each June and are among the most prestigious honors for PhD students in Germany. [more]
A chemical residue study of incense burners from ancient burials at high elevations in the Pamir Mountains of western China has revealed psychoactive cannabinoids. This study provides some of the earliest clear evidence for the use of cannabis for its psychoactive compounds, and the awareness of higher THC-producing varieties of the plant.

The Origins of Cannabis Smoking: Marijuana Use in the First Millennium BC

A chemical residue study of incense burners from ancient burials at high elevations in the Pamir Mountains of western China has revealed psychoactive cannabinoids. This study provides some of the earliest clear evidence for the use of cannabis for its psychoactive compounds, and the awareness of higher THC-producing varieties of the plant. [more]
In examining prehistoric coastal sites on the Arabian Peninsula, researchers found that even large sites have been affected by coastal erosion due to sea-level rise.  Past studies of the diet of coastal populations may now need to be reevaluated given the potential underestimation of shellfish use.

Rising sea levels have destroyed evidence of shell middens at many prehistoric coastal sites

In examining prehistoric coastal sites on the Arabian Peninsula, researchers found that even large sites have been affected by coastal erosion due to sea-level rise.  Past studies of the diet of coastal populations may now need to be reevaluated given the potential underestimation of shellfish use. [more]
Date & Time: Jun 14, 2019, 13:00Speaker: Dr. Juliane Kaminski, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UKRoom: Villa V14Host: Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Juliane Kaminski: "Through a dog's eyes: Domestication and the dog-human bond"

Date & Time: Jun 14, 2019, 13:00
Speaker: Dr. Juliane Kaminski, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution [more]
Strengthening of political networks coincided with the intensification of agricultural production, resulting in the widespread adoption of millet by populations across Eurasia.

Dramatic change in ancient pastoralist diets associated with expansion of political networks across the Eurasian steppe

Strengthening of political networks coincided with the intensification of agricultural production, resulting in the widespread adoption of millet by populations across Eurasia. [more]
An ancient population of Arctic hunter-gatherers, known as Paleo-Eskimos, made a significant genetic contribution to populations living in Arctic North America today.

Ancient DNA sheds light on the migration and impact of Arctic hunter-gatherers to North America about 5000 years ago

An ancient population of Arctic hunter-gatherers, known as Paleo-Eskimos, made a significant genetic contribution to populations living in Arctic North America today. [more]
Date & Time: Jun. 6, 2019, 14:00Speaker: Huw GroucuttMax Planck Research Group Extreme EventsPlease note the location: MPI for Biogeochemistry, Jena

Extreme events in biological, societal and earth systems

Date & Time: Jun. 6, 2019, 14:00
Speaker: Huw Groucutt
Max Planck Research Group Extreme Events
Please note the location: MPI for Biogeochemistry, Jena [more]
Analysis of 8 new plague genomes from the first plague pandemic reveals previously unknown levels of plague diversity, and provides the first genetic evidence of the Justinianic Plague in the British Isles.

Details of first historically recorded plague pandemic revealed by ancient genomes

Analysis of 8 new plague genomes from the first plague pandemic reveals previously unknown levels of plague diversity, and provides the first genetic evidence of the Justinianic Plague in the British Isles. [more]
Article and radio interview (in German) on Deutschlandfunk on sustainability and the balance between humans and their environment, including Patrick Roberts of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

"Can sustainability ensure survival?"

Article and radio interview (in German) on Deutschlandfunk on sustainability and the balance between humans and their environment, including Patrick Roberts of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. [more]
New article suggests wetter climates may have allowed Homo sapiens to expand across the deserts of Central Asia by 50-30,000 years ago.

Humans used northern migration routes to reach eastern Asia

New article suggests wetter climates may have allowed Homo sapiens to expand across the deserts of Central Asia by 50-30,000 years ago. [more]
Apples originally evolved in the wild to entice ancient megafauna to disperse their seeds. More recently, humans began spreading the trees along the Silk Road with other familiar crops. Dispersing the apple trees led to their domestication.

Exploring the Origins of the Apple

Apples originally evolved in the wild to entice ancient megafauna to disperse their seeds. More recently, humans began spreading the trees along the Silk Road with other familiar crops. Dispersing the apple trees led to their domestication. [more]
Adam Izdebski, Independent Group Leader of PS&H, initiated and co-edited a new volume, the first of its kind for the history of the first millennium AD, written by scientists, historians and archaeologists.

New Book: "Environment and Society during the long Late Antiquity"

Adam Izdebski, Independent Group Leader of PS&H, initiated and co-edited a new volume, the first of its kind for the history of the first millennium AD, written by scientists, historians and archaeologists. [more]
Date: May 15-17, 2019  Room: Villa V14  Host: Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution  Contact: walworth@shh.mpg.de

Vaupés to Vanuatu: an interdisciplinary workshop on linguistic diversity

Date: May 15-17, 2019
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
Contact: walworth@shh.mpg.de [more]
Date: May 9-10, 2019Room: Villa V14Host: Department of Archaeology

DA Workshop: New Frontiers in Anthropocene Archaeology

Date: May 9-10, 2019
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeology [more]
Phylogenetic analysis of the Sino-Tibetan language family, which includes Chinese, Tibetan, and Burmese, suggests that it originated about 7,200 years ago in North China and was linked to the Neolithic cultures of the late Cishan and early Yangshao.

Origin of Sino-Tibetan language family revealed by new research

Phylogenetic analysis of the Sino-Tibetan language family, which includes Chinese, Tibetan, and Burmese, suggests that it originated about 7,200 years ago in North China and was linked to the Neolithic cultures of the late Cishan and early Yangshao. [more]
Date & Time: May 3, 2019, 13:30Speaker: Prof. Fiona Marshall, Washington University in St. LouisRoom: Villa V14Host: Department of Archaeology

Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Fiona Marshall: "Ancient herders enriched and restructured African grasslands"

Date & Time: May 3, 2019, 13:30
Speaker: Prof. Fiona Marshall, Washington University in St. Louis
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeology [more]
Over the past decade, research on ancient pathogens has been greatly enhanced by advances in ancient genomics. Researchers have been using new methods to make important discoveries, while some challenges remain.

New techniques in the field of ancient pathogens genomics aid research on infectious diseases

Over the past decade, research on ancient pathogens has been greatly enhanced by advances in ancient genomics. Researchers have been using new methods to make important discoveries, while some challenges remain. [more]
The award, given annually to recognize the highest level of academic excellence among doctoral students, honors the late Tom L. Popejoy, former President of the University of New Mexico.

William Taylor awarded Popejoy Dissertation Prize by University of New Mexico

The award, given annually to recognize the highest level of academic excellence among doctoral students, honors the late Tom L. Popejoy, former President of the University of New Mexico. [more]
Date: May 2-3, 2019Room: Villa V14Host: Department of Archaeology

DA Workshop: Food Security in Flux: Archaeological Methods for Economic Sustainability

Date: May 2-3, 2019
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeology [more]
Researchers combining genetics, archaeology, history and linguistics have gained new insights into the history of inner Eurasia, once a cultural and genetic crossroads connecting Europe and Asia.

Details of the history of inner Eurasia revealed by new study

Researchers combining genetics, archaeology, history and linguistics have gained new insights into the history of inner Eurasia, once a cultural and genetic crossroads connecting Europe and Asia. [more]
"Dairying Diversity and Food Sovereignty on the Eurasian Steppes"A Travelling ConferenceMay 18-28, 2019 Ulaanbaatar, Monglia and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Microbes on the Move

"Dairying Diversity and Food Sovereignty on the Eurasian Steppes"
A Travelling Conference
May 18-28, 2019
Ulaanbaatar, Monglia and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan [more]
 
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