THE STORY BEHIND MOCHENA BORAGO
Mochena Borago is a large rockshelter situated 2214 m above sea level on the western flanks of Mt. Damota, a dormant trachytic volcano about 300 km S of Addis Ababa in SW Ethiopia. From 2006-2008 the University of Florida’s Southwest Ethiopia Archaeological Project (SWEAP) concentrated upon excavating the shelter’s late Pleistocene deposits. Excavations at the rockshelter have yielded the first securely dated archaeological sequence for later periods of the dispersal. Currently, the team leads an intensive field research program for undergraduates to learn excavation methods, survey methods, coursework in geology and human origins archaeology as well as completing archaeological research. One of the long-term goals ...
OUR RESEARCH TEAM
Dr. Steven Brandt
Dr. Elisabeth Hildebrand
Senior Researcher and Professor
“Reflecting on my decision to follow through with studying abroad in Ethiopia, I realize that I've never made a better, more rewarding choice in my life. The past two months were a once in a lifetime experience that taught me more than I ever could have learned from books alone and allowed me to discover myself and my dreams for the future.”
Student, Spring 2017