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

The Cross-Linguistic Data Formats Initiative proposes new standards for linguistic data formats to facilitate sharing and data comparisons.

Guidelines for a standardized data format for use in cross-linguistic studies

The Cross-Linguistic Data Formats Initiative proposes new standards for linguistic data formats to facilitate sharing and data comparisons. [more]
Date: 17-18 October 2018Room: Villa V03Organized by Alicia R. Ventresca Miller

DA Workshop: Mosaic of Millet: Adoption of cultigens by pastoral populations in Central and Inner Asia

Date: 17-18 October 2018
Room: Villa V03
Organized by Alicia R. Ventresca Miller [more]
October 23, 2018.Joint one-day workshop between the Department of Archaeology and the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Organised by Shixia Yang and Michael Petraglia.

DA Workshop: Prehistory and Societal Development in Eastern Asia

October 23, 2018.
Joint one-day workshop between the Department of Archaeology and the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Organised by Shixia Yang and Michael Petraglia.

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Date & Time: Oct 24, 2018, 15:00Speaker:  Prof. Xiaoqiang LiRoom:  Villa V14Host:  Department of Archaeology

Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Xiaoqiang Li: "The origin, spread and adoption of agriculture in China since the Late Pleistocene"

Date & Time: Oct 24, 2018, 15:00
Speaker: Prof. Xiaoqiang Li
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeology [more]
Date & Time: 25 October 2018, 3pm  Speaker: Tim ClelandRoom: Villa V14Host: Department of Archaeogenetics

Distinguished Lecture by Tim Cleland: "Bone Proteomics and Paleoproteomics: Method Development and Detecting Diagenesis"

Date & Time: 25 October 2018, 3pm
Speaker: Tim Cleland
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics [more]
One Day Workshop: October 30, 2018.Organised by Francesco d’Errico and Michael Petraglia

DA Workshop: Panga ya Saidi and the Emergence of Cultural Modernity in East Africa

One Day Workshop: October 30, 2018.
Organised by Francesco d’Errico and Michael Petraglia [more]
MHAAM is holding a Symposium at Harvard University on Friday, November 2, 2018. Students will present cross-disciplinary research utilizing modern scientific tools and knowledge to illuminate the history of humanity. Abstracts due October 18, 2018.

MHAAM Young Investigator Symposium 2018

MHAAM is holding a Symposium at Harvard University on Friday, November 2, 2018. Students will present cross-disciplinary research utilizing modern scientific tools and knowledge to illuminate the history of humanity. Abstracts due October 18, 2018. [more]
Date & Time: Oct 10, 2018, 15:00Speaker:  Stephen ShennanRoom:  Villa V14Host:  Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

Distinguished Lecture by Stephen Shennan: "The First Farmers of Europe: An Evolutionary Perspective"

Date & Time: Oct 10, 2018, 15:00
Speaker: Stephen Shennan
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution [more]
Analysis of proteins preserved in bowls and jars from this prehistoric site in central Anatolia shows the foodstuffs inside its inhabitants’ pottery vessels in unprecedented spectrum and resolution.

Cuisine of early farmers revealed by the analysis of proteins preserved in prehistoric pottery from Çatalhöyük

Analysis of proteins preserved in bowls and jars from this prehistoric site in central Anatolia shows the foodstuffs inside its inhabitants’ pottery vessels in unprecedented spectrum and resolution. [more]
Registration is open for Transeurasian Conference 2019!  Interdisciplinary conference in "Tandem style". Jan. 8-11, 2019, at the MPI-SHH. Hosted by eurasia3angle.

Transeurasian millets and beans, language and genes

Registration is open for Transeurasian Conference 2019!
Interdisciplinary conference in "Tandem style".
Jan. 8-11, 2019, at the MPI-SHH. Hosted by eurasia3angle. [more]
The 8th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA) will take place from 18–21 September 2018 at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. It is organized by members of the Department of Archaeogenetics of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

8th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA) 2018

The 8th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA) will take place from 18–21 September 2018 at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. It is organized by members of the Department of Archaeogenetics of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. [more]
Previously it was thought that this bacterium mainly infected humans – this new research reveals the possibility of a disease reservoir in wild primates and offers insights into the evolution of the bacterium.

Wild African monkeys are infected with the same bacterium that causes yaws in humans

Previously it was thought that this bacterium mainly infected humans – this new research reveals the possibility of a disease reservoir in wild primates and offers insights into the evolution of the bacterium. [more]
The project “Dating and conservation of ancient camel sculptures in northern Saudi Arabia” will last approximately one year.

Maria Guagnin wins Gerda Henkel Foundation award to study and conserve Saudi Arabian sculptures

The project “Dating and conservation of ancient camel sculptures in northern Saudi Arabia” will last approximately one year. [more]
The Stable Isotope Research Group of the Department of Archaeology is hosting a workshop on recent developments and future avenues of isotope research in archaeology.Date: Sep 17, 2018Room:  Villa V14Host:  Department of Archaeology

Isotope Research in Archaeology

The Stable Isotope Research Group of the Department of Archaeology is hosting a workshop on recent developments and future avenues of isotope research in archaeology.
Date: Sep 17, 2018
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeology [more]
Congratulations to Ricardo Fernandes from the Department of Archaology for winning the Max Planck Day ‘Science Slam!’ hosted at Max Planck headquarters in Munich on Friday the 14th of September.

Fish makes you older - Ricardo Fernandes wins Max Planck Day ‘Science Slam!’

Congratulations to Ricardo Fernandes from the Department of Archaology for winning the Max Planck Day ‘Science Slam!’ hosted at Max Planck headquarters in Munich on Friday the 14th of September. [more]
Researchers find that individuals with more northern and central European genetic ancestry were buried with more elaborate grave goods than those with more southern, local ancestry.

Cross-Disciplinary Analysis of Ancient Cemeteries Sheds Light on Social Organization and Migration of 6th-Century Barbarians

Researchers find that individuals with more northern and central European genetic ancestry were buried with more elaborate grave goods than those with more southern, local ancestry. [more]
Registration now open here!Mar. 31 - Apr. 4, 2019Location: EMBL Heidelberg, GermanyCo-Organizer: Johannes Krause

Reconstructing the Human Past - EMBO|EMBL Symposium

Registration now open here!
Mar. 31 - Apr. 4, 2019
Location: EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Co-Organizer: Johannes Krause [more]
Science Festival to introduce school children to the STEM fields.Date: Sep. 13, 2018Location: FSU, Foyer, Ernst-Abbe-PlatzHost: Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena

MINT-Festival Jena

Science Festival to introduce school children to the STEM fields.
Date: Sep. 13, 2018
Location: FSU, Foyer, Ernst-Abbe-Platz
Host: Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena

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Collaborative art project on the popular web platform Reddit reveals the structure of cultural change.

One million artists can’t be wrong about cultural evolution

Collaborative art project on the popular web platform Reddit reveals the structure of cultural change. [more]
Researchers from Eurac Research and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History have analysed human remains dated between 590 and 630 CE.

DNA of early medieval Alemannic warriors and their entourage decoded

Researchers from Eurac Research and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History have analysed human remains dated between 590 and 630 CE. [more]
Nomadic herders enriched savannah landscapes over three millennia, study finds.

Ancient livestock dung heaps are now African wildlife hotspots

Nomadic herders enriched savannah landscapes over three millennia, study finds. [more]
Researchers provide guidelines for differentiating between causation and mere correlation in cross-cultural studies.

Disentangling the relationships between cultural traits and other variables

Researchers provide guidelines for differentiating between causation and mere correlation in cross-cultural studies. [more]
The 5,000-year-old cemetery is the earliest and largest monumental cemetery in eastern Africa and was built by an egalitarian society of mobile pastoralists.

Massive Monumental Cemetery Built by Eastern Africa’s Earliest Herders Discovered Near Lake Turkana, Kenya

The 5,000-year-old cemetery is the earliest and largest monumental cemetery in eastern Africa and was built by an egalitarian society of mobile pastoralists.

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