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Weizmann Institute and Max Planck Society establish a joint center for archaeology and anthropology
Date:1/11/2012

When did modern humans arrive in Europe and Asia? At what rate have cultural changes spread from one region to another throughout history? How did Neanderthal teeth and bones differ from ours? These are examples of topics to be investigated at the new Max Planck Weizmann Institute of Science Center in the Field of Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology.

The agreement for the establishment of the Center is being signed today at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot for the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, by Prof. Peter Gruss, President; and for the Weizmann Institute, by Prof. Daniel Zajfman, President. Serving as the Center's Directors will be Prof. Stephen Weiner of the Weizmann Institute and Prof. Jean-Jacques Hublin of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

The creation of the Center marks more than five decades of collaboration between the Max Planck Society and the Weizmann Institute. This collaboration, which originated in the late 1950s, led to the historic 1964 agreement whereby the Minerva Foundation for Research, a subsidiary of the Max Planck Society, channeled funds provided by the German government to Weizmann Institute research projects, thus fostering a wide range of scientific exchanges between the Institute and the Max Planck Society and other German Universities. These ties helped lay the foundation not only for German-Israeli scientific cooperation, but also for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries one year later.

Apart from promoting the ties between the Max Planck Society and the Weizmann Institute, the new Center might serve as the basis for expanding scientific ties between Israel and its neighbors. 'It would be natural to collaborate with our neighboring countries because we share roughly the same archaeological record,' said Weizmann Institute's Prof. Weiner. 'Just as happened in relations with Germany, now too scientific collaborati
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Contact: Yivsam Azgad
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