Location: Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania
Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world. It was the first place where traces of an early stone tool culture were discovered, and also the site where the transition from the Oldowan (a simple core-and-flake technology) to the Acheulean (defined by the appearance of handaxes) was first documented. Despite the relevance of Olduvai to the understanding of the origins of the Acheulean, there have been few investigations of this topic. In 2008 the Olduvai Geochronology and Archaeology Project (OGAP) was started to renew investigations on the origins of the Acheulean in Olduvai.
Period(s) of Occupation: Paleolithic
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school
Room and Board Arrangements
Benito-Calvo A, Torre, I. de la. 2011. "Analysis of orientations patterns in Olduvai Bed I assemblages using GIS techniques: Implications for site formation processes." Journal of Human Evolution 61:50-60.
Pante MC, Blumenschine RJ, Capaldo SD., Scott RS. 2012. "Validation of bone surface modification models for inferring fossil hominin and carnivore feeding interactions, with reapplication to FLK 22, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania." Journal of Human Evolution, 63(2):395-407.
Torre, I de la, McHenry, LJ, Njau, JK., Pante, MC. 2012. "The Origins of the Acheulean at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania): A New Paleoanthropological Project in East Africa." Archaeology International 15:69-78.
Torre I de la, Mora R. 2005. "Unmodified lithic material at Olduvai Bed I: Manuports or Ecofacts?" Journal of Archaeological Science, 32(2):273-285.