Neanderthals and Us (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

The Neanderthal Museum is part of the project "Neanderthals and Us: how the golden age of Neanderthal research challenges human self-understanding” der Erasmus Universität Rotterdam und der Universität Leiden (2023-2026).

The interdisciplinary project combines expertise from Paleolithic archaeology, biological psychology and philosophy to explore how changes in Neanderthal research and Neanderthal representations in creative genres (exhibitions, novels, films, cartoons) challenge our self-understanding as humans.

We are looking for interested citizens to join the Paleo experts!

Over the next two years, our Citizen panel "Paleo experts" will participate in a total of 6 community meetings. In workshops, discussion groups, creative meetings and Q&A sessions, the members of the "Paleo experts" can actively participate in the research conversation and discuss their ideas, interests and approaches with the researchers.

3 reasons to become a Paleo expert

  1. To actively contribute in a research community.
  2. To learn more about yourself and your past.
  3. Look behind the scenes of museums and research.

What should you bring with you?

  1. Interest in the topics of archaeology, Neanderthals, stereotypes, citizen science
  2. Motivation to become an active member of a new research community
  3. No specialist knowledge required, English skills are an advantage

How you benefit as a Paleo expert?

The Paleo experts enable you to learn more about yourself by getting to know the Neanderthal and our family history better. Together with researchers from Germany and the Netherlands and a diverse group of interested people, you will have the opportunity to actively participate in research, to critically question, to have your say and to become a pioneer in museum research.

Participation in the specialist workshops is remunerated with exciting and topic-related benefits. With further cultural and community offers, we would like to thank the members of the Paleo experts for their contribution to research.

Contact & Sponsors

The project is made possible by the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO, Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research).

Contact: Dustin Welper

Partner & Sponsors:

Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek

Philosophische Fakultät, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Archäologische Fakultät, Universität Leiden