Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour

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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):


Working through the pandemic

Daily excavations, surveys, sampling and archaeological experiments. The SapienCE team were right in the middle of their yearly field expedition in South Africa, when the pandemic became a reality forcing the world into lockdown. “Samantha Mienies has been one of our lifelines”, Christopher...

Blombos Cave

SapienCE Annual Report 2019 is out

The report provides an insight to our exciting activities taking place throughout the calendar year.

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.


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.