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Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour

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SapienCE

Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE) is a new Centre of Excellence (CoE) located at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion at the University of Bergen (UiB). SapienCE aims to consolidate UiB and Norway's position as a world leader in early human origins research.

For any enquiries, please contact us. Interested in joining the team? See vacant postions at SapienCE.

Principal investigators
SapienCE has six principal investigators (PIs):

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Henshilwood outside Blombos Cave

Member of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has elected Professor Christopher Henshilwood as new member.

Early human life
Rhizomes plant

Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are

New research proves that our ancestors cooked starchy rhizome 170 000 years ago. The study also implies that the food was shared as a social act around the fire.

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Mother Afica welcome home Exhibition from Blombos

Recreating the lives of our ancestors

New digital technology makes it possible to recreate the lives led by our ancestors 100,000 years ago.

Field trip to Blombos
Utsiktsbilde Blombos Cave

Inside Henshilwood’s Cave

The archaeologists who found the World's oldest man-made drawing are back in Blombos Cave in search of new discoveries. Professor Henshilwood welcomes us to the cave to show us his team at work as they dig for clues that can tell us how early humans lived.

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Blombos Exterior

UiB archaeologists find the world’s oldest drawing

Archeologist from UiB discovered the earliest known drawing in a cave in South Africa. The abstract drawing displays a red cross-hatched line pattern, created with an ochre crayon 73 000 years ago.

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SapienCE was established in 2017 by the Research Council of Norway in collaboration with the University of Bergen. Other collaborators include University of the Witwatersrand, Uni Research and Royal Holloway.

SapienCE is part of the Research Council of Norway's Centres of Excellence (CoE) scheme. The scheme organizes the activities of Norway’s foremost scientific circles in centres to achieve ambitious scientific objectives through collaboration and long-term basic funding.