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November 29, 2021 in Archaeology, News, Video, Workshop

Collagen Extraction in Archaeological Research

Stable isotopes are useful for studying past environments and diets in the archaeological record. For understanding past diet, the ratio of carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes are particularly informative. In…
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August 31, 2021 in Archaeology, News, Video, Workshop

Plant Wax Biomarkers in Archaeological Research

Plant wax biomarkers are an innovative proxy for reconstructing vegetation composition and structure, rainfall intensity, temperature, and other climatic and environmental dynamics. Traditionally used in earth sciences and climate studies…
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July 27, 2021 in Archaeology, News, Video, Workshop

Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS)

Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS) is a revolutionary proteomics-based method of taxonomic identification. Type I Collagen is extracted from faunal remains, digested into peptides, and measured using a mass spectrometer.…
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July 6, 2021 in Archaeology, News, Video, Workshop

Plant Macrofossil Analysis in Archaeological Research

Archaeobotany, or (paleo)ethnobotany, is the study of past plant-people interactions using multidimensional field and laboratory techniques for the recovery and analysis of ancient plant remains. Traditionally, archaeobotanical studies have focused…
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In March 2018 the Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology(MPI-GEA) (formerly Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) hosted its first intensive one-week workshop on the International Application of Archaeological Science (IAAS). The workshop was specifically designed for students and other early career researchers from around the world.

In place of an intensive in-person 2021 workshop, the MPI-GEA is launching virtual resources that are accessible to not only early career researchers, but anyone with an interest in humanity’s past. This includes a series of online training videos and tutorials highlighting archaeological science approaches that address a wide range of research questions and will be freely available for viewing. We hope that these videos will assist in promoting knowledge dissemination and removing limitations on accessing new methods in the archaeological sciences.

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