The Max Planck Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology (MPWC) was an interdisciplinary cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, Germany, and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) in Rehovot, Israel. The central goal of the MPWC was to better understand human evolution by drawing on expertise from archaeology, anthropology, biology, physics and material sciences. The research at the MPWC was divided into two tracks: Research at the WIS (Track 1) was dedicated to the timing of archaeological events by high resolution radiocarbon dating, while researchers at the MPI (Track 2) investigated the relationship between structure and function in bones and teeth.
The MPWC was co-directed by Prof. Jean-Jacques Hublin and Prof. Steve Weiner. Track 1 was led by Dr. Elisabetta Boaretto in Rehovot, and track 2 by Dr. Kornelius Kupczik in Leipzig. Both tracks were closely affiliated with the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science and the Department of Structural Biology, both at WIS, and the Department of Human Evolution at MPI-EVA.