Since 2011, the School of Paleoanthropology of Perugia carries out teaching and research activities in Olduvai Gorge in collaboration with Prof. Fidelis T. Masao, Universtity of Dar es Salaam.
The activity takes place in the historic Leakey Camp, built more than forty years ago by the Leakeys and still used by research groups from various parts of the world. The School of Paleoanthropology is the first Italian project officially involved in research at Olduvai!
The educational and scientific activities are conducted in collaboration with the Leakey Camp staff, the local Maasai Community and students of the University of Dar es Salaam.
Research focuses on surface survey activities in different sites of the Gorge, with the aim of collecting paleontological and archaeological material of great scientific interest, thus preserving it from the destructive effects of atmospheric agents and trampling by domestic and wild animals.
All the activities are authorized and supported by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority and the Division of Antiquities of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Teaching activities include lectures and lab work (both in the Camp and in the field) to allow participants to discover the main paleontological, archaeological, ecological and cultural features of this extraordinary site.