Mochena Borago Research Program

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   For 8 years the Mochena Borago Research Field Program has participated in archaeological investigations led by Dr. Steven Brandt in search of evidence for the origins of ‘modern’ human behavior in SW Ethiopia. The UF International Center, Anthropology Dept. and Center for African Studies offer students each year the opportunity to earn 14 undergraduate UF/transferable credits gaining invaluable research experience in multidisciplinary studies ranging from geology and archaeology to ethnoarchaeology, ethnobotany and cultural heritage management.

Students will learn field methods while participating in

                1) ongoing archaeological excavations at Mochena Borago, a large stratified rockshelter

                 with archaeological deposits over 50,000 years in age*

                2) surveys of the adjacent Rift Valley

                3) field trips to regional places and peoples of interest

        In preparation for fieldwork and research, participants will also spend time at UF and the National Museum of Ethiopia learning about African archaeology and history, lithic technology, geology and human evolution, while utilizing the Museum’s extensive archaeological and paleoanthropological collections. 

*Brandt,S. et al. 2012 Quaternary International274:38-54; Brandt ,S. et al. 2017 J. Arch Sciences: Reports11:352-369

APPLICATION ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL COME IN AUGUST

DUE TO COVID-19

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APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021 SEASON WILL BE OPEN SEPTEMBER 1 2020 

EARN 14 UPPER DIVISION CREDITS

OPEN TO ALL MAJORS AND UNIVERSITIES 

FULL SEMESTER PROGRAM JAN-MAR 15, 2019

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