Prof. dr. Willem J.H. Willems 1950-2014

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear colleague and former dean Prof. dr. Willem J.H. Willems. After a short illness he passed away on Saturday December 13th, around noon.

Oldest ever engraving discovered on 500,000-year-old shell

Homo erectus on Java was already using shells of freshwater mussels as tools half a million years ago, and as a 'canvas' for an engraving. An international team of researchers, led by Leiden archaeologist José Joordens, published this discovery on 3 December in Nature. The discovery provides new insights into the evolution of human behaviour.