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Annual Report 2020

The SapienCE Annual Report 2020 is out!

The 2020 SapienCE Annual report is now published. The report presents stories, field reports and articles based on a selection of scientific publications issued throughout the year.

Experimental field season
SAPIENCE ANNUAL REPORT 2020: The SapienCE annual report is out! The report includes stories, field reports and scientific news from our cutting edge team of scientists.
Silje Evjenth Bentsen
Field work
SAMPLES FROM THE FIELD: SapienCE scientist Magnus M. Haaland is collecting samples.
Silje Evjenth Bentsen
SapineCE Unhammer and Jovana
TOTAL STATION: SapienCE scientists Ole-Fredrik unhammer and his colleague Jovana Milic at the total station.
Silje Evjenth Bentsen
Inez Faul collecting goukou
COLLECTING SHELLS: Scientist Inéz Faul collecting Nassarius shell at Goukou.
Alex Pearson


"The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in all SapienCE scientists having to rethink and adapt their research plans for 2020 and beyond into 2021. However, despite the challenges I am happy to report that our swift mitigatory actions resulted in several positive outcomes," Christopher Henshilwood, director of SapienCE says.

The SapienCE team were partially successful with the planned fieldwork programmes in South Africa although the excavations at Blombos Cave and a geological coastal survey had to be cancelled. Better news is that a 3-week experimental archaeology programme at Jongensfontein was successful, as was the collection of speleothems at Bloukrans.

"A highlight was the drilling of two 40m marine cores from the research vessel, Marion Dufresne off the coast near Blombos and Klasies. The speleothems and cores are now being analysed in Bergen", Henshilwood says.

The annual report  includes a selection of stories based on our 2020 activities and scientific work with the goal of further understanding when, how and why our species first behaved in a modern way.

Follow the link to our Annual report 2020 here.