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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):

Research from SapienCE
The origin of sewing technology. Palaeolithic eyed needles from France (left and centre) and China (right)

UiB researcher sheds new light on the origin of sewing technologies

The earliest known bone awls, suitable to produce skin clothing, are 73 000 years old and come from Blombos Cave, a site investigated by the researchers of the UiB Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour. However, little is known about the origin of the sewing techniques necessary to produce tailored...

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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.

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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.

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.

Meet our employees
Blombos

Goldsmith turned archaeologist

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

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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.