and shows the importance of early human archaeology for understanding ourselves, and the role it can play in answering questions raised by the socio-political dialogue. Open science is a part of our research. It thrives on dialogue and serves as a nursery for future research questions.
New questions, innovative or tried and tested event formats, and curious and involved participants guarantee an enthralling exchange of ideas.
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The HUMAN ROOTS AWARD is an international prize in archaeology, established in 2017, and presented by the MONREPOS Archaeological Research Centre and Museum for Human Behavioural Evolution. The prize is endowed with 10,000 Euro by a private sponsor, and is intended to be awarded annually in Schloss MONREPOS near Neuwied, Germany. Until June 2018, the HUMAN ROOTS AWARD was bestowed under the patronage of Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt, a pupil of the Nobel Prize winner Konrad Lorenz, and the founder of human ethology. In July 2018, the world renowned ethologist and evolutionary biologist, Prof. Richard Dawkins assumed the patronage.
The HUMAN ROOTS AWARD pays tribute to scientists for achievements that have had an outstanding impact or great influence in understanding the archaeology of our behavioural evolution. The award is also meant to bring together scientists from archaeology and other disciplines dedicated to the understanding of humankind, to build a bridge between our “being” human today, the archaeological perspective of “becoming human”, assessing our behavioural origins, and a humanist agenda for “staying human” in the future.
Professor Steven Pinker, Harvard
Psychologist and cognitive scientist
Professor Richard Dawkins, Oxford,
Ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author of numerous scientific publications and books.
For almost 30 years we have organized the Rudolf Virchow Lectures in honour of the famous doctor, politician and archaeologist. This was our way of paying tribute to the internationally best known, German speaking scientists of our discipline.
The open lecture and the presentation of the award took place annually in the Royal Schlosstheater in Neuwied.
After such a long period of time, the pool of potential candidates has almost become exhausted: time to take a new path!
(200.0 KiB) laureates 1987-2016
At irregular intervals guests or colleagues of the Archaeological Research Centre present the results
of their current research in this
forum for discussion.
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