Project SapienCE – Centre for Early Sapiens behaviour

Basic data

Acronym:
SapienCE
Title:
Centre for Early Sapiens behaviour
Duration:
01/10/2017 to 31/10/2027
Abstract / short description:
Homo sapiens was anatomically modern by 200 ka (thousand years ago) in Africa, but there is no
evidence indicating that behaviour was modern at the time. Current archaeological evidence, although
limited, highlights 100–50 ka as being a watershed for human cognitive, technological and social
development in Africa. Significantly more research is
needed to understand where, when and why early
humans started to think and behave like we do today.
South Africa, in particular the southern Cape, is
exceptionally well placed for answering these bigpicture
questions because the archaeological record of
this region preserves the pathways to the early
behavioural origins of H. sapiens.
Keywords:
early Homo sapiens
FTIR
africa
Afrika
geology
Geologie
geoarchaeology
Geoarchäologie
behavioural evolution

Staff

Managers

Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen
Institute of Archaeological Sciences Research Areas (UFG)
Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Science

Local organizational units

Institute of Archaeological Sciences Research Areas (UFG)
Department of Geoscience
Faculty of Science

Funders

Bergen, Norway
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