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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):

News
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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.

Astonishing discoveries
Early human behaviour in Kenya

Shines new light on human evolution

Groundbreaking research puts human evolution in a new perspective as significant archaeological findings reveals sign of modern human behavior 300 000 years ago.

Centre of Excellence
SapienCE

Digging the past

The new Centre of Excellence at The University of Bergen aims to discover the past to understand the present.

News
Portrett av Fransesco d'Errico

UiB professor ranked as most cited researcher in the world

Francesco d’Errico has been named as one of the world’s Highly Cited Researchers according to a new ranking published by prestigious Clarivate Analytics.

Meet our employees
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Goldsmith turned archaeologist

UiB researcher Karen van Niekerk's road to (a Centre of) excellence.

Pictures in our past

Please visit the above link for pictures from the project. All proceeds from picture licenses sold go to our outreach program in South Africa. 

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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.