Dog studies

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

Participants wanted!

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

Latest publications

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Mittnik, A.; Wang, C.-C.; Pfrengle, S.; Daubaras, M.; Zariņa, G.; Hallgren, F.; Allmäe, R.; Khartanovich, V.; Moiseyev, V.; Tõrv, M. et al.; Furtwängler, A.; Andrades Valtueña, A.; Feldman, M.; Economou, C.; Oinonen, M.; Vasks, A.; Balanovska, E.; Reich, D.; Jankauskas, R.; Haak, W.; Schiffels, S.; Krause, J.: The genetic prehistory of the Baltic Sea region. Nature Communications (2018)
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Arias, L.; Barbieri, C.; Barreto, G.; Stoneking, M.; Pakendorf, B.: High-resolution mitochondrial DNA analysis sheds light on human diversity, cultural interactions, and population mobility in Northwestern Amazonia. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 165 (2), pp. 238 - 255 (2018)
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Klejn, L. S.; Haak, W.; Lazaridis, I.; Patterson, N.; Reich, D.; Kristiansen, K.; Sjögren, K.-G.; Allentoft, M.; Sikora, M.; Willerslev, E.: Are the origins of Indo-European languages explained by the migration of the Yamnaya culture to the west? European Journal of Archaeology 21 (1), pp. 3 - 17 (2018)
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Hughes, R. E.; Weiberg, E.; Bonnier, A.; Finné, M.; Kaplan, J. O.: Quantifying land use in past societies from cultural practice and archaeological data. Land (2018)
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Brinkkemper, O.; Braadbaart, F.; van Os, B.; van Hoesel, A.; van Brussel, A.; Fernandes, R.: Effectiveness of different pre-treatments in recovering pre-burial isotopic ratios of charred plants. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 32 (3), pp. 251 - 261 (2018)

A complete list of publications you can find here.

Events

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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 Cultural and Linguistic 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

Stable isotope research group of the MPI-SHH provides recommendations on terminology, methodology, data handling, and reporting when developing and reviewing stable isotope applications in archaeology.

"Calling all archaeologists"

Stable isotope research group of the MPI-SHH provides recommendations on terminology, methodology, data handling, and reporting when developing and reviewing stable isotope applications in archaeology. [more]
Mr. Rajachandran Madhan and researchers discussed ongoing projects in India and possibilities for future collaborations.

Visit from the Counsellor for Science & Technology of the Indian Embassy in Germany

Mr. Rajachandran Madhan and researchers discussed ongoing projects in India and possibilities for future collaborations. [more]
Dr. Yang, whose research areas include Paleolithic East Asia, lithic techniques and raw material sourcing, is a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Shixia Yang granted a Humboldt Research Fellowship to conduct research at the Institute

Dr. Yang, whose research areas include Paleolithic East Asia, lithic techniques and raw material sourcing, is a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. [more]
A research team from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Tübingen examines the genetic material of 18th century German architect George Bähr to learn more about his appearance and health.

A typical Central European - The genome of the architect of the Dresden Frauenkirche deciphered

A research team from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Tübingen examines the genetic material of 18th century German architect George Bähr to learn more about his appearance and health.
Analysis of ancient DNA found that Scandinavia was settled by hunter-gatherers via a southern and a northern route, and reveals that agriculture was likely introduced by migrating agriculturalists.

Northern European population history revealed by ancient human genomes

Analysis of ancient DNA found that Scandinavia was settled by hunter-gatherers via a southern and a northern route, and reveals that agriculture was likely introduced by migrating agriculturalists. [more]
In a new video from Latest Thinking, Olivier Morin explains his recent reserach, in which he examined the letters of 116 writing systems from all over the world.

"How Does Writing Reflect Deep Human Preferences for Certain Shapes?"

In a new video from Latest Thinking, Olivier Morin explains his recent reserach, in which he examined the letters of 116 writing systems from all over the world. [more]
Our inaugural monthly "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Paul Heggarty (DLCE), Monica Tromp (DA) and Cosimo Posth (DAG)Date: January 18, 2018Time: 15:00Room: Villa V14

Cross-Departmental Work-in-Progress Seminar

Our inaugural monthly "Work-in-Progress" seminar featuring: Paul Heggarty (DLCE), Monica Tromp (DA) and Cosimo Posth (DAG)
Date: January 18, 2018
Time: 15:00
Room: Villa V14 [more]
Salmonella enterica, the bacterium responsible for enteric fever, may be the long-debated cause of the 1545-1550 AD “cocoliztli” epidemic in Oaxaca, Mexico that heavily affected the native population.

Possible cause of early colonial-era Mexican epidemic identified

Salmonella enterica, the bacterium responsible for enteric fever, may be the long-debated cause of the 1545-1550 AD “cocoliztli” epidemic in Oaxaca, Mexico that heavily affected the native population. [more]
Sabin, a PhD student in the Department of Archaeogenetics, was awarded the grant for the project “Revealing the History of Human Tuberculosis with Diverse Ancient and Modern Pathogen Genomes.”

Susanna Sabin wins prestigious Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Sabin, a PhD student in the Department of Archaeogenetics, was awarded the grant for the project “Revealing the History of Human Tuberculosis with Diverse Ancient and Modern Pathogen Genomes.” [more]
Johannes Krause presents a lecture for the KinderUni for the Museumslöwen e.V. Gotha at the Gotha Public Library about our relationship with Neanderthals.

“Why is there a little Neanderthal in each of us?”

Johannes Krause presents a lecture for the KinderUni for the Museumslöwen e.V. Gotha at the Gotha Public Library about our relationship with Neanderthals. [more]
DNA analysis of present-day populations in the Chachapoyas region of Peru indicates that the original inhabitants were not uprooted en masse by the Inca Empire’s expansion into this area hundreds of years ago.

Genetics preserves traces of ancient resistance to Inca rule

DNA analysis of present-day populations in the Chachapoyas region of Peru indicates that the original inhabitants were not uprooted en masse by the Inca Empire’s expansion into this area hundreds of years ago. [more]
Lecture by Irina VelskoDate: Dec. 13, 2017, 13:30Room: Villa V03Host: Department of Archaeogenetics"Ancient Microbiomes and the Accuracy of Taxonomic Classifiers."

Metagenomics Workshop

Lecture by Irina Velsko
Date: Dec. 13, 2017, 13:30
Room: Villa V03
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics
"Ancient Microbiomes and the Accuracy of Taxonomic Classifiers."

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Date: Dec 13, 2017, 15:30Speaker: Bernard Joseph HinnebuschChief, Plague Section, Laboratory of Bacteriology, National Institutes of Health (USA)Room: Villa V14Host: Department of Archaeogenetics

Ecological opportunity, evolution, and the emergence of flea-borne plague

Date: Dec 13, 2017, 15:30
Speaker: Bernard Joseph Hinnebusch
Chief, Plague Section, Laboratory of Bacteriology, National Institutes of Health (USA)
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics [more]
Technological advances and multidisciplinary research teams are reshaping our understanding of when and how humans left Africa – and who they met along the way.

Revising the story of the dispersal of modern humans across Eurasia

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, 9:00-18:00Host: Department of ArchaeologyOrganizer: Ayushi Nayak (nayak@shh.mpg.de)

Crossroads: Multidisciplinary investigations of South Asia's past

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 (nayak@shh.mpg.de) [more]
 
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