Post-Pandemic Update: What has the Science of the Human Past discovered lately?


Thursday, May 12, 2022, 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Zoom, CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room (Lower Level), Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Lightning Talks from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, followed by public reception until 5:30 or 6:00 pm

Sponsored by the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard (SoHP), with the support of the Goelet-Berkowitz Fund to Support the Science of the Human Past.


Michael McCormickFrancis Goelet Professor of Medieval History, Harvard University; Chair, Initiative for the Science of the Human Past at Harvard (SoHP); Director at Harvard, Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean (MHAAM).


“Reviving ancient brews: genetically reconstructing Tibetan beers and Roman wines”

Christina WarinnerAssociate Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University; Sally Starling Seaver Associate Professor, Radcliffe Institute; Group Leader, Dept. of Archaeogenetics, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Germany.

“The Second Generation of Declassified Intelligence Satellites and Landscape Archaeology”

Jason UrStephen Phillips Professor of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.

“When did the Celts come to Britain? Ancient DNA answers”

Michael IsakovA.B. Mathematics, Harvard College, A.M. Statistics, Harvard University (exp. ’22).

“What is Documentary Archaeology? Creating big data from medieval Europe’s material culture”

Daniel Lord SmailFrank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of History, Harvard University, and Gabriel Pizzorno, Preceptor on Digital History, Harvard University.

“Anomalous Burials: The archaeology of death in early medieval France”

Solenn TroadecPostdoctoral Fellow, Initiative for the Science of the Human Past, Harvard University:

“1000 years ago: climate change and globalization?”

Alexander MoreAssociate Professor of Public Health, LIU Brooklyn; Research Associate, SoHP, Harvard University.

“South-to-north migration preceded the advent of intensive farming in the Maya region”

David ReichProfessor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School; Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University.

With comments by: Margaret Andrews, Assistant Professor of Classics, Harvard University.

Q&A to follow, and public reception!