Geogenomic Archaeology Campus Tübingen

Diachronic impacts of humans on ecosystems using caves as models

The Geogenomic Archaeology Campus Tübingen (GACT) focuses its investigation on caves and their sediments, since caves house unique and discrete ecosystems that can be significantly impacted by outside agents. Caves can preserve tens of thousands of years of genetic data, providing a perfect setting to investigate human-ecosystem interactions over the long term.

GACT is a multidisciplinary LeibnizScience Campus in Tübingen that brings together archaeologists, geneticists, microbiologists, geochemists, geoecologists, paleontologists, and paleoclimatologists, among others, with the ultimate goal of using ancient DNA recovered from archaeological deposits to investigate human interaction with, and impact on, past ecosystems through time. In order to achieve this goal, the Science Campus will establish new molecular, computational, geochemical and geoarchaeological methods to analyze sedimentary sequences recovered from caves.

  • New Projects funded by GACT

    Four projects from different disciplines got a GACT funding in the first round 2024.

  • GACT Talk in Schelklingen

    Cosimo will give a talk about GACT on Friday, July 19 in Schelklingen. The talk will be held in German language. If you would like to attend, please register via the following email When? Friday July 19th, 18:30 h, approx. 1 hour Where? Stadtmuseum im Alten Spital, Schelklingen Entrance is free!

  • 1st GACT-Workshop

    On June, 14th 2024 our first GACT-Workshop took place in Tübingen (and via Zoom).

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