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Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE) aims to increase our understanding of how and when Homo sapiens evolved into who we are today.

PhD Research Fellowships
Excavation at Blombos cave.

Would you like to join our excellent team?

SapienCE invites applications for two positions as PhD Research Fellowships in Archaeology. The deadline for two fully funded 3-year PhD positions at SapienCE has been extended until September 11th 2022!

SCIENTIFIC ADVENTURE:
The SapienCE team from UIB excavating and Blombos Cave

Trapped 70 000-year-old artefact reveals hidden information about early humans

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.

News
Image of SapienCE exhibition in Johannesburg

The SapienCE Annual Report 2021

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.

EXHIBITION
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Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour

“We are very proud that SapienCE’s Origins of Early Sapiens Behaviour exhibition has been updated to a new format and found a new home at the Origins Centre at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg,” Christopher Henshilwood, director of SapienCE says.

NEWS FROM SAPIENCE
Ancient DNA Analysis from blocks of sediment covered in raisin

Cutting-edge technology unlocks the gateway to ancient human DNA

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.

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SapienCE was established in 2017 by the Research Council of Norway in collaboration with the University of Bergen. The SapienCE Centre is cooperating closely with the University of the Witwatersrand, Norce, Royal Holloway University of London, Université de Bordeaux and Universität Tübingen.

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.