Welcome to the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology

Welcome to the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology

We work in the field

We work in the field

We work in the lab

We work in the lab

We work all over the world

We work all over the world

We work in teams

We work in teams

Updates

A New Legacy:  Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry to Explore Potential of Legacy Collections in Natural History Museums
A recent study revisits 19th-century museum collection to test the utility of ZooMS proteomic techniques to taxonomically identify bone fragments and ultimately provide new insights into human-animal interactions trough time
 
Etruscan Infants’ Diets and Skeletal Health: New Findings from Pre-Roman Italy
In a new study published in PLOS ONE, a team of researchers from the Department of Archaeology at MPI GEA, the University of Pisa and Le Mans Université reveal early Etruscan urban life histories.
Obsidian Study Shows Changing Land Use and Social Networks in Copper Age Armenia
A new research article published in Antiquity examines obsidian fragments from a newly discovered Copper Age site in Armenia. The finds reveals greater social connectivity across the landscape trough time.
 
Archaeological Insights from the First Lava Tube Excavation in Arabia
A recent study published in PLoS ONE reveals repeated human occupation at the Umm Jirsan lava tube from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age. The findings shed light on diets, cultural practices, and interactions with the landscape, offering a glimpse into the lives of early peoples on the Arabian Peninsula

Videos and Audios


“Tank oder Teller” (Tank or Plate?) - Festival on the future use of arable land

“Tank oder Teller” (Tank or Plate?) - Festival on the future use of arable land

Podcast
Fuel-forage-food. This is the common rule of three describing the conflict over the distribution of agricultural production: Fuel for machines, feed for animals, or food for people. Facing the social debate about ways out of the energy crisis, the Werkleitz Festival 2024 (Fuel or Food) aims to take a fresh look at this conflict. On Friday May 31 the festival and the respecitive exhibition was opened with quite some publicity at the center of Halle (Saale). MPI GEA resercher Dr. Benjamin Steininger is one of the co-curators of the exhibition and got interviewed by Deutschlandfunk-Kultur about "The nitrogen conspiracy.”

Image info:
Themeninsel 2 Bilder der Landwirtschaft, Ausstellungsansicht Tank oder Teller © Werkleitz 2024, Foto: Falk Wenzel
Wissenschaftler befürchten politischen Rechtsruck

Wissenschaftler befürchten politischen Rechtsruck

Video
An open society and a strong democracy - that is what the leading science organizations are calling for. According to a statement, the challenges of our time require a diversity of talents. Video from MDR in German.
Podcast: „Networking with plants in the Anthropocene“

Podcast: „Networking with plants in the Anthropocene“

Podcast
Interview with Prof. Patrícia Vieira from the MPI-GEA project RESILIENT: Forest Cities - Utopia and Development in the Modern Amazon.
A Brief History of Bling

A Brief History of Bling

Podcast
From the Leakey Foundation’s “Origin Stories”  Podcast: Travel through 50,000 years of human history following clues hidden inside beads made from ostrich eggshells. In this episode, researchers Jennifer Miller and Yiming Wang share how these tiny artifacts reveal a sweeping story of ancient social networks, cultural connections, and human adaptability

Latest Publications

Selba, M. C.; Ziegler, M.; Townley, A. L.; Antonenko, P. D.: Exploring teacher self-efficacy in human evolution instruction following a dynamic hands-on professional development workshop. Evolution: education and outreach 17 (1), 5 (2024)
Sobchuk, O.; Youngblood, M.; Morin, O.: First-mover advantage in music. EPJ Data Science 13, 37 (2024)
Boulanger, C.; Roberts, P.; Lucas, M.; Ingicco, T.; O’Connor, S.; Ono, R.; Sémah, A.-M.: Stable isotope variation in East and Southeast Asian marine ecosystems and its relevance for archaeological analysis. Environmental archaeology: the journal of human palaeoecology, 2352666 (2024)
Caspari, G.; dos Santos Manuel, J.; Gago-Silva, A.; Jendryke, M.: Employing discrete global grid systems for reproducible data obfuscation. Scientific Data 11 (1), 509 (2024)
Hixon, S.: Archaeology of Madagascar. In: Oxford research encyclopedia of African history, 013.795 (Ed. Spear, T.). Oxford University Press, New York ; Oxford (2024)
Bourgon, N.; Tacail, T.; Jaouen, K.; Leichliter, J. N.; McCormack, J.; Winkler, D. E.; Clauss, M.; Tütken, T.: Dietary and homeostatic controls of Zn isotopes in rats: a controlled-feeding experiment and modelling approach. Metallomics, mfae026 (2024)
Hixon, S.; Roberts, P.; Rodríguez-Varela, R.; Götherström, A.; Rossoni-Notter, E.; Notter, O.; Raimondeau, P.; Besnard, G.; Paust, E.; Lucas, M. et al.; Lagia, A.; Fernandes, R.: Expedient Bayesian prediction of subfossil bone protein content using portable ATR-FTIR data. Quaternary International, 2024.05.002 (2024)
Riccomi, G.; Simonit, R.; Maudet, S.; Scott, E.; Lucas, M.; Giuffra, V.; Roberts, P.: Diets, stress, and disease in the Etruscan society: isotope analysis and infantile skeletal palaeopathology from Pontecagnano (Campania, southern Italy, 730–580 BCE). PLOS ONE 19 (5), e0302334 (2024)
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