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.

  • GACT PhD no. 3

    Jens Grammer began his Ph.D. in May under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Yvonne Oelmann at the Geogenomic Archaeology Campus Tübingen (GACT).

  • A new PhD joined our Team

    Freya Steinhagen started her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Cosimo Posth at GACT.

  • Recent GACT fieldwork

    The first excavation campaigns in 2024 have been successfully completed!

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