Paleoanthropology Fieldschool

Interested in doing paleoanthropological work at one of the world’s most famous sites?! Check out this summer field school hosted by the University of North Carolina-Greensboro:

“The Olduvai Gorge International Field School (OGIFS) is an intensive and practical field school involving all the disciplines that comprise the study of human evolution. Its goal is to provide comprehensive training in the following fields: archaeology (survey, excavation, restoration and study of materials), paleontology (with special emphasis in macro mammal paleontology and paleobotany), taphonomy, geology, paleoecology (with intensive training in modern savanna ecology), curation and heritage management.

The philosophy of the school is a combination of field training and practical (materials)-theoretical training on a daily basis, dividing the day in two parts, one for field work and the other one for theoretical training with hands-on materials. Olduvai Gorge is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world covering more than 4 million years of human evolution.

At Olduvai Gorge, the field school will be based at the Aguirre-Mturi Field Research Station, which is the home base of the current The Olduvai Palaeoanthropology and Palaeoecology Project (TOPPP) (see a publication of the project research here). The field school is institutionally supported by The Institute of Evolution in Africa (IDEA), the University of Dar es Salaam and the National Museum of Tanzania, and the Alcalá de Henares University in Madrid.  The instructors of the field school are reputed scholars in their field with international recognition. The bulk of the funds provided by the field school are used for research at both sites and for sponsoring Tanzanian students both at the field school and for a doctoral career in paleoanthropology.”

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