Science and the Future of the Human Past
Paper given by Michael McCormick
Delivered at Harvard University on 14 October 2017
Archaeologists, historians, and scientists at Harvard and elsewhere are breaking down the silos that divide our traditional disciplines. If we come together and combine DNA, archaeology, ice cores, history, linguistics, and digital humanities, we will end the divide between ‘the two cultures’ of Science and Humanities. Together we can discover our ancestors and their lived experience, their successes and failures, and invent a new discipline, the Science of the Human Past.
Michael McCormick is the Goelet Professor of Medieval History at Harvard University, where he also chairs the Initiative for the Science of the Human Past.