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

Sagart, L.; Jacques, G.; Lai, Y.; Ryder, R. J.; Thouzeau, V.; Greenhill, S. J.; List, J.-M.: Dated language phylogenies shed light on the ancestry of Sino-Tibetan. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2019)
Commendador, A. S.; Finney, B. P.; Fuller, B. T.; Tromp, M.; Dudgeon, J. V.: Multiproxy isotopic analyses of human skeletal material from Rapa Nui: Evaluating the evidence from carbonates, bulk collagen, and amino acids. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2019)
Latałowa, M.; Święta-Musznicka, J.; Słowiński, M.; Pędziszewska, A.; Noryśkiewicz, A. M.; Zimny, M.; Obremska, M.; Ott, F.; Stivrins, N.; Pasanen, L. et al.; Ilvonen, L.; Holmström, L.; Seppä, H.: Abrupt Alnus population decline at the end of the first millennium CE in Europe – The event ecology, possible causes and implications. The Holocene (2019)
Kumar, S.; Bansal, K.; Patil, P. P.; Patil, P. B.: Phylogenomics insights into order and families of Lysobacterales. Access Microbiology 1 (2) (2019)
Spyrou, M. A.; Bos, K. I.; Herbig, A.; Krause, J.: Ancient pathogen genomics as an emerging tool for infectious disease research. Nature Reviews Genetics (2019)
Caetano Andrade, V. L.; Flores, B. M.; Levis, C.; Clement, C. R.; Roberts, P.; Schöngart, J.: Growth rings of Brazil nut trees (Bertholletia excelsa) as a living record of historical human disturbance in Central Amazonia. PLoS One 14 (4) (2019)
Schmidtke-Bode, K.; Levshina, N.; Michaelis, S. M.; Seržant, I.: Explanation in typology: Diachronic sources, functional motivations and the nature of the evidence. Language Science Press, Berlin (2019), 278 pp.
Michaelis, S. M.: Support from creole languages for functional adaptation in grammar: Dependent and independent possessive person-forms. In: Explanation in typology: Diachronic sources, functional motivations and the nature of the evidence, pp. 179 - 201 (Eds. Schmidtke-Bode, K.; Levshina, N.; Michaelis, S. M.; Seržant, I. A.). Language Science Press, Berlin (2019)
Haspelmath, M. (2019). Can cross-linguistic regularities be explained by constraints on change? In K. Schmidtke-Bode, N. Levshina, S. M. Michaelis, & I. A. Seržant (Eds.) (pp. 1–23). Berlin: Language Science Press. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2583804

A complete list of publications you can find here.

Events calendar

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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

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]
Date & Time:  Apr 9, 2019, 15:00Speaker:  Prof. Alison BeachRoom:  Villa V14Host:  Department of Archaeogenetics

Distinguished Lecture by Alison Beach: "Reading the Remnants: Religious Women and the Material Turn in Medieval History"

Date & Time: Apr 9, 2019, 15:00
Speaker: Prof. Alison Beach
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics [more]
New study shows that tropical trees act as a living record of past human activity in the Amazon.

Human history through tree rings: Trees in Amazonia reveal pre-colonial human disturbance

New study shows that tropical trees act as a living record of past human activity in the Amazon. [more]
Many thanks to all of the participants of the 2019 International Application of Archaeological Science Workshop for making this such a successful event! Watch the video at the link for a review of this year's training program. We look forward to next year!

Thank you to the 2019 International Application of Archaeological Science Workshop participants!

Many thanks to all of the participants of the 2019 International Application of Archaeological Science Workshop for making this such a successful event! Watch the video at the link for a review of this year's training program. We look forward to next year! [more]
Dr. Patrick Roberts and Prof. Michael Petraglia of the Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History feature in this month’s issue of GEO for their work on Homo sapiens’ adaptations and migration routes out of Africa.

Department of Archaeology featured in Germany’s prestigious GEO Magazine

Dr. Patrick Roberts and Prof. Michael Petraglia of the Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History feature in this month’s issue of GEO for their work on Homo sapiens’ adaptations and migration routes out of Africa. [more]
EMBO|EMBL SymposiumMar. 31 - Apr. 3, 2019Location: EMBL Heidelberg, GermanyCo-Organized by Johannes Krause

Reconstructing the Human Past Using Ancient and Modern Genomics

EMBO|EMBL Symposium
Mar. 31 - Apr. 3, 2019
Location: EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Co-Organized by Johannes Krause [more]
The first farmers from Anatolia, who brought farming to Europe and represent the single largest ancestral component in modern-day Europeans, are directly descended from local hunter-gatherers who adopted a farming way of life.

First Anatolian farmers were local hunter-gatherers that adopted agriculture

The first farmers from Anatolia, who brought farming to Europe and represent the single largest ancestral component in modern-day Europeans, are directly descended from local hunter-gatherers who adopted a farming way of life. [more]
Participants from around the world will attend to learn about the latest cutting-edge techniques in archaeological science.Date: 20-31 March 2019Host: Department of Archaeology

International Applications of Archaeological Sciences 2019

Participants from around the world will attend to learn about the latest cutting-edge techniques in archaeological science.
Date: 20-31 March 2019
Host: Department of Archaeology

[more]
Two studies, one looking at Iberian hunter-gatherers between 13,000 and 6000 years ago and another looking at Iberian populations over the last 8000 years, add new resolution to our understanding of the history and prehistory of the region.

Unique diversity of the genetic history of the Iberian Peninsula revealed by dual studies

Two studies, one looking at Iberian hunter-gatherers between 13,000 and 6000 years ago and another looking at Iberian populations over the last 8000 years, add new resolution to our understanding of the history and prehistory of the region. [more]
Diet-induced changes in the human bite resulted in new sounds, such as “f”, in languages all over the world, a study by an international team led by researchers at the University of Zurich has shown. The findings contradict the theory that the range of human sounds has remained fixed throughout human history.

Diet-Induced Changes Favor Innovation in Speech Sounds

Diet-induced changes in the human bite resulted in new sounds, such as “f”, in languages all over the world, a study by an international team led by researchers at the University of Zurich has shown. The findings contradict the theory that the range of human sounds has remained fixed throughout human history. [more]
Researchers used an interdisciplinary approach combining ecology and archaeological methods to study sea otters' past behavior.

Sea otters’ tool use leaves behind distinctive archaeological evidence

Researchers used an interdisciplinary approach combining ecology and archaeological methods to study sea otters' past behavior. [more]
PS&H (formerly ByzRes), the Department of Archaeology and Princeton University co-host annual Climate Change and History Research Initiative (CCHRI) 2019 Colloquium, which aims to bring together for the first time interdisciplinary projects on climate and environmental change that work on two different “human pasts”: history and prehistory.

Resilience, environmental change and society - Perspectives from History and Prehistory

PS&H (formerly ByzRes), the Department of Archaeology and Princeton University co-host annual Climate Change and History Research Initiative (CCHRI) 2019 Colloquium, which aims to bring together for the first time interdisciplinary projects on climate and environmental change that work on two different “human pasts”: history and prehistory. [more]
The journey of our genes - A story about us and our ancestorsWhere are we from? Who are we? What distinguishes us from others? These questions are more urgent today than ever before. Johannes Krause and Thomas Trappe go back to prehistory and tell us how Europeans became who they are today.

Johannes Krause publishes book about newest research

The journey of our genes - A story about us and our ancestors
Where are we from? Who are we? What distinguishes us from others? These questions are more urgent today than ever before. Johannes Krause and Thomas Trappe go back to prehistory and tell us how Europeans became who they are today. [more]
 
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