Intrinsic challenges in ancient microbiome reconstruction using 16S rRNA gene amplification
The Van Bergen Fund aims to promote contacts between Dutch and international students in order to achieve a better understanding of each other's cultures. At the Symposium for Diversity and Inclusion the two winners of the Van Bergen Award 2015 were announced.
In January 2015, during an excavation ahead of a road-building project in the west of the Netherlands, archaeologists from the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden, ARCHOL BV and ADC Archeoprojects recovered an extraordinary set of Bronze Age artefacts.
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In nature this week the discovery of 47 human teeth from a cave in southern China indicating anatomically modern humans were present in the region at least 80,000 years ago.
LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development receives funding for a MOOC on “Heritage under Threat”
The Centre for Global Heritage and Development has been successful in applying for a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the topic of threatened heritage at ICTO, the platform for innovation and education at Leiden University.
World history, connectivity and material culture, edited by Martin Pitts and Miguel John Versluys. From Cambridge University Press
A marvelous mosaic synagogue floor has been discovered at the Israeli excavation site of Horvat Kur. The timeworn stones of the mosaic clearly form the name ‘El’azar’. Leiden University researcher Jürgen Zangenberg and a group of Leiden students played a role in the excavation. ‘El’azar was likely an important inhabitant of the region between the 4th and 7th century.
Congratulations to David Fontijn, who has been recognized by the University with the title of full Professor of the Archaeology of Early Europe.
Ancient peoples might have harnessed the power of fire to modify their environment
We are saddened to announce the death of Herman A.A.P. Geertman
The new carbon dating of shells indicates that modern humans already lived in the Levant and Southwest Asia at least as early as 45,900 years ago, and that it is from this area that modern humans colonised Europe. This is a few thousand years earlier than previously thought.
A combination of prospection techniques was applied to investigate unexcavated areas of the principal port-town of the Roman Empire
Leiden University Deans’ Challenge
Scientific studies of a 1500 year old skeleton from England have revealed new insights into the early spread of leprosy.
The impact of Rome on cult places and religious practices in ancient Italy, BICS Supplement 132, London 2015
This publication of the School of Advanced Study of the University of London is one of the outcomes of the Landscapes of Early Roman Colonization project and the Colonial Rural Networks project.
A collaboration between UNESCO & Leiden University, Faculty of Archaeology
Unique and diverse group of Caribbean mammals are all extinct
To honour the work of its longstanding chair Nick Ryan, CAA International provides the annual Nick Ryan Bursary.
Edited by Tesse D. Stek and Jeremia Pelgrom , is one of the outcomes of the Landscapes of Early Roman Colonization project (Free Competition NWO, Dr. T.D. Stek)