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Videos and Audios


The Genes of the Barbarians

Podcast
From Deutschlandfunk: July 27, 2021. Little is really known about the groups of people who roamed Europe, Asia and Africa between the 3rd and 8th centuries. Who were they? And what drove them? What we know and tell about them is based on a rather thin source material. DNA analysis could reveal some of their secrets. Audio in German.

Finding Rico - Recruitment Video

Video
Juliane Kaminski (Dog Cognition Centre, University of Portsmouth) and Juliane Bräuer (DogStudies, MPI for the Science of Human History, Jena) are looking for special dogs, that are able to distinguish objects by name.

Mtoto: The Sleeping Child

Video
The National Research Center on Human Evolution (CENIEH) in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the National Museums of Kenya, co-leads a study on the oldest human burial in Africa, dating back to 78,000 years old

The Power of Prejudice

Video
Feb 25, 2021 - Video in German

Archaeology During the Anthropocene

Podcast
Jan. 2021 - Director Nicole Boivin discussed on Deutschlandfunk how studying the past can help us shape the future. (In German)

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Marija Gimbutas: Life - Research - Legacy

Exhibition opening on August 12, 3:30 CEST

Latest Publications

Schünemann, B.; Keller, J.; Rakoczy, H.; Behne, T.; Bräuer, J.: Dogs distinguish human intentional and unintentional action. Scientific Reports 11 (1), 14967 (2021)
Papac, L.; Ernée, M.; Dobeš, M.; Langová, M.; Rohrlach, A. B.; Aron, F.; Neumann, G. U.; Spyrou, M. A.; Rohland, N.; Velemínský, P. et al.; Kuna, M.; Brzobohatá, H.; Culleton, B.; Daněček, D.; Danielisová, A.; Dobisíková, M.; Hložek, J.; Kennett, D. J.; Klementová, J.; Kostka, M.; Krištuf, P.; Kuchařík, M.; Hlavová, J. K.; Limburský, P.; Malyková, D.; Mattiello, L.; Pecinovská, M.; Petriščáková, K.; Průchová, E.; Stránská, P.; Smejtek, L.; Špaček, J.; Šumberová, R.; Švejcar, O.; Trefný, M.; Vávra, M.; Kolář, J.; Heyd, V.; Krause, J.; Pinhasi, R.; Reich, D.; Schiffels, S.; Haak, W.: Dynamic changes in genomic and social structures in third millennium BCE central Europe. Science Advances 7 (35), eabi6941 (2021)

Coelho, M. T. P.; Haynie, H. J.; Bowern, C.; Colwell, R. K.; Greenhill, S. J.; Kirby, K.; Rangel, T. F.; Gavin, M. C.: Demographic shifts, inter-group contact, and environmental conditions drive language extinction and diversification. (2021)
Carlhoff, S.; Duli, A.; Nägele, K.; Nur, M.; Skov, L.; Sumantri, I.; Oktaviana, A. A.; Hakim, B.; Burhan, B.; Syahdar, F. A. et al.; McGahan, D. P.; Bulbeck, D.; Perston, Y. L.; Newman, K.; Saiful, A. M.; Ririmasse, M.; Chia, S.; Hasanuddin; Pulubuhu, D. A. T.; Suryatman; Supriadi; Jeong, C.; Peter, B. M.; Prüfer, K.; Powell, A.; Krause, J.; Posth, C.; Brumm, A.: Genome of a middle Holocene hunter-gatherer from Wallacea. Nature 596, pp. 543 - 547 (2021)

Goldstein, S. T.; Crowther, A.; Henry, E. R.; Janzen, A.; Katongo, M.; Brown, S.; Farr, J.; Le Moyne, C.; Picin, A.; Richter, K. K. et al.; Boivin, N. L.: Revisiting Kalundu Mound, Zambia: implications for the timing of social and subsistence transitions in Iron Age Southern Africa. African Archaeological Review, s10437-021-09440-y (2021)
Robinson, M.; Morcote-Rios, G.; Aceituno, F. J.; Roberts, P.; Berrío, J. C.; Iriarte, J.: ‘Moving South’: Late Pleistocene plant exploitation and the importance of palm in the Colombian Amazon. Quaternary 4 (3), 26, pp. 1 - 21 (2021)

Faulkner, P.; Miller, J. M.; Morales Quintana, E. M.; Crowther, A.; Shipton, C.; Ndiema, E.; Boivin, N.; Petraglia, M. D.: 67,000 years of coastal engagement at Panga ya Saidi, eastern Africa. PLoS One 16 (8), e0256761 (2021)
Sołtysiak, A.; Fernandes, R.: Much ado about nothing: assessing the impact of the 4.2 kya event on human subsistence patterns in northern Mesopotamia using stable isotope analysis. Antiquity, 117 (2021)
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