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Archaeology Digs in Africa

Field schools and other planned archaeology digs are held each year in many of the countries of Africa. Here are a few of the recent listings.

Field schools listed below with dates older than the current year may indicate an ongoing project that has not yet established dates for this season.

Berefet, Gambia
May 19-July 9, 2012. St. Mary's College. The PEACE program began in 1996 as The Gambia, West Africa Study Tour. There have been eight field studies programs over the intervening years, and it has evolved so that every other year students have an opportunity to conduct first-hand research in an area of interest in The Gambia. Every other year.

De Hoop Nature Reserve (South Africa)
Annually January-April and September-December. Arizona State University and University of Bergen. De Hoop Nature Reserve, about 200 km east of Cape Town, is the main location for the field school

Fayum (Egypt)
October 16-November 21, 2014. Institute for Field Research (UCLA). The Fayum field school takes place at the Greco-Roman town of Karanis, a large mudbrick settlement founded in the third century BCE as part of the Ptolemaic expanse of agriculture in the Fayum region of Egypt.

IFR: African Projects
The Institute for Field Research conducts several archaeological field projects in Africa each year.

Koobi Fora, Kenya
Mid-June through July Annually. National Museums of Kenya and George Washington Universitey's Center for the Advanced Study of Hominin Paleontology. This session includes four weeks at Koobi Fora in northern Kenya, the site made famous by Richard Leakey and his colleagues in the 1970s for finds of ancient hominids and archaeology bearing on our understanding of human origins.

Ntusi (Uganda)
June 21-July 26, 2013. Institute for Field Research (UCLA). Occupied throughout the first half of the second millennium CE, Ntusi is the earliest archaeological site in the Great Lakes region of Africa demonstrating the development of centralized societies

Olduvai (Tanzania)
July 9-August 13, 2014. Institute for Field Research (UCLA). 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.

Primate Field School, Kenya
Every August. Rutgers University and the National Museums of Kenya. This field school will give participants the opportunity to experience the diverse habitats of Kenya, and to gain understanding about biodiversity by using primate field studies as the entry point.

Spitzkloof Rockshelter (South Africa)
July 20-August 22, 2014. Institute for Field Research (UCLA). Ancient desert adaptations will be explored through excavations at one of three spectacular rockshelters – Spitzkloof B – and surveys in the surrounding arid landscape.

Zita (Tunisia)
August 4-September 8, 2014. Institute for Field Research (UCLA). Roman, Cathaginian and Punic site in an urban mound in southern Tunisia along the ancient trade route between Carthage and Tripoli.

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