"TimeFlies": this is the name of the project with which the ROCEEH research center, in collaboration with Florian Diller from the University of Worms, participated in this year's Culture Hackathon in Baden-Württemberg. For this purpose, ROCEEH provided the dataset "Kulturausbruch - Von Afrika in die ganze Welt" from the ROAD database. With the help of the app developed from this, many archaeological sites from currently two different periods can be explored: ‛African beginnings' (3.3-1.8 million years) and ‛Expanding worlds' (1.8-0.8 million years). Get on a plane with Otto Braasch or Amelia Earhart and go for a flight: TimeFlies.
Exhibition Opening: „Schöningen - Der große Wurf“! supported by ROCEEH.
How did people hunt, gather & live 300,000 years ago? The exhibition around the archaeological site in Schöningen, Lower Saxony, can be seen at the Museum of the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen until 03.10.2022!
The new ROCEEH Newsletter 20/2022 is now available online.
Interested in the latest developments of the "Flight into the history of humankind", our project at the cultural data hackathon? Listen to the (german) report on the local radio station SWR2: https://www.swr.de/swr2/leben-und-gesellschaft/coding-da-vinci-100.html
The companion volume to our exhibition 'Being Human // The Beginnings of Our Culture' has now also been published in English (ISBN 978-3-96176-193-7).
Will, M., Bader, G.D., Sommer, C., Cooper, A. & Green, A. (2022): Coastal adaptations on the eastern seaboard of South Africa during the Pleistocene and Holocene? Current evidence and future perspectives from archaeology and marine geology. Front. Earth Sci., 10:964423. DOI: 10.3389/feart.2022.964423.
Slon, V., Clark, J.L., Friesem, D.E., Orbach, M., Porat, N., Meyer, M., Kandel, A.W. & Shimelmitz, R. (2022): Extended longevity of DNA preservation in Levantine Paleolithic sediments, Sefunim Cave, Israel. Sci Rep 12, 14528. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-17399-2.
Conard, N. J., Brenner, M., Bretzke, K., & Will, M. (2022): What do spatial data from Sibhudu tell us about life in the Middle Stone Age?. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 14, 148. DOI: 10.1007/s12520-022-01585-4.
Zanolli, C., Davies, T. W., Joannes-Boyau, R., Beaudet, A., Bruxelles, L., de Beer, F., Hoffman, J., Hublin, J.-J., Jakata, K., Kgasi, L., Kullmer, O., Macchiarelli, R., Pan, L., Schrenk, F., Santos, F., Stratford, D., Tawane, M., Thackeray, F., Xing, S., Zipfel, B. & Skinner, M. M. (2022): Dental data challenge the ubiquitous presence of Homo in the Cradle of Humankind. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(28), e2111212119. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2111212119.
Haidle, M.N. (2022): Performanz. Naturwissenschaftliche Rundschau 75/3, 165-166.
Giemsch, L. & Haidle, M.N. (2022): Menschsein verbindet. Ausstellung über die Anfänge unserer Kultur bringt Lernorte und Spitzenforschung zusammen. Blickpunkt Archäologie 4/2021. 279-288.
Bader, G.D., Sommer, C., Conard, N.J. & Wadley, L. (2022): The final MSA of eastern South Africa: a comparative study between Umbeli Belli and Sibhudu. Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa. DOI: 10.1080/0067270X.2022.2078553.
Rodríguez, J., Willmes, C., Sommer, C. & Mateos, A. (2022): Sustainable human population density in Western Europe between 560.000 and 360.000 years ago. Scientific Reports 12, 6907. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-10642-w.
ROCEEH will participate at the 28th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA 2022) in Budapest, Hungary, 31 August to 3 September 2022 with following presentations:
3.9.02022 - Session #344 - Integrating Neandertal Legacy: New Opportunities for Cooperation
- The ROCEEH Out of Africa Database: A Case Study in Reusing Archaeological Data Sensibly. (Kandel et al.)
- New methods to explore old data: Applying modern techniques from data science to compare Neanderthal behavior between MIS6 and MIS5e. (Kandel et al.)
- Macroarcheological by default: The research center “The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans” (ROCEEH). (Haidle et al.)
- Disentangling Middle Palaeolithic techno-complexes without using labels. (Marciani et al.)
- A Technological Analysis of the Stone Artifacts from Aghitu-3 Cave and Its Implication About Upper Paleolithic Settlement in the Armenian Highlands. (Jabbour et al.)
Practical Workshop “Introduction to Using the ROAD Database”
Wed. 21 Sept. 2022 from 10:00–14:00
Archaeological Sciences and Human Evolution, Rümelinstr. 23, Tübingen
Andrew Kandel (archaeology), Zara Kanaeva (informatics), Christian Sommer (geography)
In conjunction with ESHE’s 12th annual meeting, The Role of Culture in Early Expansions of Humans (ROCEEH) will sponsor a half-day practical workshop on getting started with ROCEEH’s Out of Africa Database (ROAD).
ROAD stores data about archaeological, paleoanthropological, paleontological and paleobotanical localities in Africa and Eurasia dating between three million and 20,000 years. As a digital heritage resource, ROAD preserves our human past. It also serves as a tool to explore ideas and formulate hypotheses about human migration, which we can then test using advanced techniques such as modelling and machine learning.
Participants of this introductory workshop will learn about the basic logical structure and semantics of ROAD. We will cover aspects of data entry, formulating queries and visualizing results with the Map Module. We will discuss useful features of ROAD, such as its online help function, links to other large databases, map catalogues, and associated tools. Finally, we will address case studies to show how you can use this large store of data for advanced geographical analyses.
We welcome instructors, researchers and students from the social sciences, natural sciences, or geography. The language of instruction will be English. No fees to participate; bring your laptop; maximum of 30 participants; registration is required.
To register, please complete a User Agreement: https://www.roceeh.uni-tuebingen.de/road web/ and send it to a.kandel[at]uni-tuebingen.de.