It’s that time of the year, when we start hoarding conservation materials, packing supplies, and getting ready to join friends and colleagues in Olduvai Gorge.
The UCL conservation team working with OGAP in Olduvai Gorge will be mighty this year! UCL conservation students Abby Duckor, Anna Funke & Jan Cutajar will be working with Eli Diaz and Renata Peters. We are looking forward to joining our colleague Dan Mainoya in Arusha and possibly have some Tanzanian conservation apprentices in the team as well.
|The wonderful manager Carmen Martin Ramos and conservator Eli Diaz.|
|And here are Abby, Anna and Jan (in very good company) on Gordon Square. Very soon you will see them at the Laetoli Lab in the Leakey Camp!|
Our main activities this year will include:
-Development of new approaches to lifting, consolidation and stabilization of fossils and lithics
-Removal of matrices
-Identification of available local resources
-Testing and use of local materials
-Building capacities among Tanzanian colleagues and students
-Engagement with local groups through the practice of conservation
-Evaluation of approaches to increase access to the collections
But we are also hoping to continue our Maasai beading workshop and possibly some basketry!
Watch this space, we will be blogging from our lab in the Leakey Camp!