Max Planck Department of Archaeology

The partnership with the MPI in Jena (Germany) allows for shared laboratory expertise in the fields of lithic analysis, isotopes, and microbotany. The MP provides support for students and colleagues to co-conduct fieldwork at Olduvai Gorge and participate at workshops. The institute is also the platform to collaborate with the University of Queensland (Australia) and Friedrich Schiller University (Germany) to supervise students together and facilitate human mobility across institutions.

An excerpt from their website reads as follows:

The Department of Archaeology at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is focused on developing and applying the latest multidisciplinary methodologies in archaeology in order to transform our understanding of the human past. Combining traditional field research with cutting-edge laboratory analyses, it will investigate the ways in which culture, biology and ecology have intersected in the past, across the entire spatial and temporal spectrum of human history. By combining insights from both the humanities and natural sciences, the Department of Archaeology will seek to tell a more holistic story of the emergence, expansion, and diversification of our species and its social forms.


Partnership Activities
  • Researcher Dr. Amanda Henry and Dr. Allison Crowther participated in the Molecular Insights from Ancient Starch workshop hosted in Zanzibar, giving a presentation and contributing to the Deliverable paper
  • Hosted project PI Dr. Julio Mercader, as well as project researchers Robert Patalano and Laura Tucker
  • Dr. Allison Crowther gave a presentation at the University of Calgary titled ‘From Asia to Africa: Tracing Indian Ocean Trade and Migration on the Swahili Coast’
  • Dr. Allison Crowther joined the research team at University of Calgary to look and collaborate with the botanical reference collection
  • Funded a 3 year PhD position for a researcher to join the project and work at the Olduvai Gorge