This intense field-based training and research course provides students the opportunity to participate in a hands-on four week learning experience that focuses on human origins and adaptability with a special emphasis in paleoanthropology and cultural anthropology. The Ngorongoro crater, Laetoli and Olduvai Gorge will be a home for students to learn the rigors of field research technique while also exploring the contemporary culture of the Maasai of the Ngorongoro Highlands in northern Tanzania. Students will also have an opportunity to assist Tanzanian and International scientists uncover a mid- and northern end section of the famous Laetoli footprints for evaluation of their preservation status.
The field school is a collaborative effort of several academic institutions including the University of Colorado Denver; Universidad Complutense de Madrid; Bugando University College of Health Sciences; the Endulen Hospital in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area with the consent of Tanzania's Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism. Students will be working side-by-side with Tanzanian researchers.