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An international team of archaeologists, led by a UiB scientist, has identified the oldest bone tools from southern Africa. The tools are 60,000 to 80,000 years old and were likely used for debarking trees and to dig into the ground.
Svante Pääbo has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. "Warm congratulations to Svante Pääbo. We are extremely proud of our collaboration with the new laureate", says SapienCE-director Professor Christopher Henshilwood at the University of Bergen.
In April, the Religions in Late Antiquity research group from the University of Bergen arranged an international workshop in cooperation with the Centre Universitaire de Norvège à Paris.
The SapienCE paper about a trapped artefact became the top ten most downloaded articles in the journal Geoarchaeology this year. The study demonstrates how the creative use of unconventional research methods turned an unfortunate archaeological sampling event into a scientific success story.
The SapienCE annual report for 2021 is now available with an insight to our exciting projects and activities which have taken place throughout the calendar year.
Cutting-edge technology makes it possible for scientists to retrieve DNA recovered decades ago. An international team of researchers, including scientists from SapienCE, were able to isolate ancient DNA from blocks of sediment embedded in plastic resin commonly used for micromorphological analyses.
Christian Mauder, Associate Professor in the Study of Religions with Specialization in Islam, and a specialist in the dynamic history of the world of Islam.
What can society and global organizations do better to stop right-wing extremist radicalization and terrorist content online?
The book "In the Sultan’s Salon: Learning, Religion, and Rulership at the Mamluk Court of Qāniṣawh al-Ghawrī (r. 1501–1516)" presents the first study of an Islamic court of Egypt as a centre of scholarship, religion, and politics.
One of the earliest forms of symbolic behaviour is the use of ochre. A new SapienCE project will explore how iron-rich rocks shaped the lives of early modern humans along the coast of South Africa.
The earliest human burial in Africa has been discovered at an archaeological site near Mombasa. Excavations revealed the body of a three-year-old child, deliberately buried around 78,000 years old.
2020 has been a challenging year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The RiLa research group was unfortunately not able to hold the international workshop which was originally to take place during Spring 2021. The year has nevertheless been productive, as the members of the research group have contributed with a number of publications within the field of Religions of Late Antiquity.
The 2020 SapienCE Annual report is now published. The report presents stories, field reports and articles based on a selection of scientific publications issued throughout the year.
Religious minorities can challenge societal consensus on how people should lead their lives. How much difference are societies and states willing to allow for? A brand-new online master’s program aims to improve our knowledge about religious minorities around the world.
Over the past decade, China has emerged as a large actor on the African continent – primarily through trade, investment and as provider of development finance. But China is increasingly also playing a more direct political role.
New type of analysis show for the first time how people who lived between 100,000 and 70,000 years ago organised their campsites and settlements. The results can explain why these people developed the ability to make jewellery and objects of art.
The book explores religions in historical and contemporary South Asia as an academic interdisciplinary field of research. Knut A. Jacobsen, Professor at AHKR is the editor.
The hominin line shares most of its genetic makeup and a great deal of its behavioral repertoire with its closest primate relatives. At some point in the past, however, it set off on a different evolutionary trajectory, culminating in cognitive skills that are impressive both in extent and in the speed at which they have evolved. One goal of SapienCE is to shed light on when this process began... Read more

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