Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Field conservation at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania

Rebecca sorting out the CDD (lucky artefacts!)
 Conservators Rebecca Bennett and Renata Peters are working with OGAP (Olduvai Geochronology and Archaoelogy Project) in their 2013 excavations at Olduvai Gorge, northern Tanzania. 

This is the site where the traditional view of the Oldowan (earliest human culture) to Acheulean transition was established. It is famous for discoveries of fossils of early humans, animals and magnificent stone tools. 
Tuning up the air-abrasive unit

To know more about Olduvai take a look at 'The Origins of the Acheulean at Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania): A New Paleoanthropological Project in East Africa' by Ignacio de la Torre et al. You can access the article here

Renata having a lot of fun excavating fossils

This is the first time OGAP has conservators in the project.  Things are definitely looking brighter for the excavated material! We will post more details about the conservation work here soon, so watch this space. 

Our second post about Olduvai is here

1 comment:

  1. It sounds like a really interesting project! I'm looking forward to reading more about the role you, as conservators, played in it. :)


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