Welcome to the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard (SoHP)

We are a supra-departmental, cross-divisional and inter-school network that brings historians, archaeologists and other scholars together with scientists to chart bold new answers to the age-old question: what is history? Synthesizing the liberal arts and the sciences, SoHP serves as a center for scholarly programming and innovative new courses and will network new research collaborations across departments and disciplines. The Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for Archaeoscience is one pillar of the new intellectual ecosystem emerging from cascading archaeoscientific advances and these collaborations. We hope to develop a certificate program and/or an undergraduate major or minor as well as postgraduate degree programs that will attract students interested in redrawing the map of the human past with the tools of 21st-century science and history, archaeology, and all the liberal arts.



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