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2,000 Years of European Climate: First Results from the SoHP Historical Ice Core Project

2,000 Years of European Climate: First Results from the SoHP Historical Ice Core Project

November 11, 2015

Wednesday, November 11 at 5PM (Video of the entire event available below)

Fong Auditorium (Boylston Hall), Harvard University

In 2013 a joint venture of the University of Maine and Harvard University retrieved a 73-meter (240ft) ice core from Colle Gnifetti in the Swiss Alps.  Chemical analysis of the ice core, at the Climate Change Institute, is producing invaluable new data about climate change and human-climate interactions from the last 2,000 years. Concurrently, Harvard historians combed pre-modern written… Read more about 2,000 Years of European Climate: First Results from the SoHP Historical Ice Core Project

Three lab assistant positions available in Isotopic Silk Road Project

September 27, 2015

Be part of the Isotopic Silk Road project that is underway with the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at the Departments of Human Evolutionary Biology and History (Profs. Tuross and McCormick) at Harvard University.  Up to ten hours/week are needed for up to three students.  The main tasks are sample weighing, data analysis and graph production.  Contact us for this unique opportunity.

$15/hour, available immediately

Contact Professor Noreen Tuross (tuross@fas.harvard.edu)

The surprising origins of Europeans

December 3, 2014

The answers to the human past are out there, hidden in the DNA of bones in ancient burial mounds and unmarked graves.

Increasingly, those answers are coming to light as geneticists at Harvard and elsewhere employ sophisticated methods to extract that DNA and make it readable despite the ravages of time.

On Tuesday, geneticists from Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT highlighted those evolving techniques and talked about… Read more about The surprising origins of Europeans

Annals of Climate

April 21, 2014

Suppose you want to track climate over the past century. That’s easy enough to accomplish with existing records — but what if you want to go back 500 years? What about 1,000 years? What if you want to go back even further?

That’s where Harvard historian Michael McCormick comes in.

McCormick, the Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History and chair of the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard, will lead a project aimed at constructing the most detailed… Read more about Annals of Climate

Of Neanderthals and dairy farmers

December 11, 2008

Harvard Archaeology Professor Noreen Tuross sought to rehabilitate the image of Neanderthals as meat-eating brutes last week, presenting evidence that, though they almost certainly ate red meat, Neanderthal diets also consisted of other foods — like escargot.

Evidence from Neanderthal bones collected from the Shanidar cave in Northern Iraq decades ago and analyzed recently by Tuross indicate that at least that particular Neanderthal was not a heavy carnivore. Neanderthals, she suggested, had a varied diet that included meat, but that was not solely… Read more about Of Neanderthals and dairy farmers