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Alexander Geurds co-organized and presented in the recently held symposium on Globalization Theories in Archaeological Interpretations, a panel that formed part of the Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) organized in Istanbul, Turkey between September 10-14, 2014.

This month Nicholas Emlen has joined the MesAndLin(g)k project as a postdoctoral researcher. He will work on reconstructions of Proto-Quechuan and Proto-Aymaran, investigate the short- and long-distance external relations of these families, conduct further research on the status of the extinct Pukina language, and continue to explore the linguistic relationships linking the Andes and Amazonia.

We are glad to announce that this month Nicolas Brucato has joined our project. He will be working as a post-doctoral researcher in the field of archaeological and human population genetics.

This position has been filled.

On June 1st Kate Bellamy joined the team as the third PhD student. She will be working on Purepécha, a language isolate of north-western Mexico. The aim of her project is to identify its closest genetic (linguistic) relations, looking at dead and living languages of both Meso- and South America.

Dr. Alejandra Regúnaga (Associate Professor of the Faculty of Human Sciences, National University of La Pampa, Argentina) will be working with us as a visiting scholar from July to September.

The first two PhD students have started their work in the MesAndLin(g)k project. Matthias Pache will focus on the Intermediate Area, and the Chibchan languages in particular. Rita Eloranta will be working on the Mochica language and its possible external relations.