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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):

ANNUAL REPORT 2019
Blombos Cave

SapienCE Annual Report 2019 is out

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

News
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.

News
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.

Join the SapineCE team in the field:
SapienCE scientists are experimenting with heat and fire in SA

Experimenting with heat and fire

The archaeologists who found the world's oldest man-made drawing are back in the South African fields in search of new discoveries. Follow their day-to-day blog and see what happens when they experiment with heat and fire to get a better understanding of how humans lived 100 000 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.