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What is New in Anthropology? Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Tanzania Dr. Charles M. Musiba Department of Sociology-Anthropology School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Field School Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students in Tanzania Paleoanthropology: 1. Hominid behavioral ecology at Laetoli 2. Acheulian Industry at Laetoli 3. Conservation of animal trackways in the footprint tuff at Locality 8 at Laetoli Cultural Anthropology: 4. Ethnobotanical research within Lake Eyasi Basin covering the Ngorongoro Area and Lake Eyasi 5. Impact Assessment of increasing tourism activities in the Ngorongoro Highlands and Lake Eyasi Collaborative Research and Training in Anthropology 2001 - 2002 Participants: – Hubert Kairuki Memorial University, Tanzania – Southern Connecticut State University, USA – Department of Antiquities, Tanzania – Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, Tanzania – Embaruway Secondary School, Ngorongoro, Tanzania – Enduleni Primary School, Ngorongoro Tanzania Future Participants: – North Dakota State University, USA – Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Tanzania – Maasai Village Council, Enduleni Ngorongoro, Tanzania Tanzania Field School in Anthropology The Mission is: 1. To provide hands on learning experience in Anthropology to American undergraduate and graduate students, Tanzanian Primary, Secondary, and High School teachers, as well as the Tanzanian Antiquities and National Park personnel 2. To provide an interdisciplinary research experience to undergraduate and graduate students 3. To provide integrated anthropological research opportunities for faculty members from participating institutions Research and Training Include • Kiswahili language, Africa culture changes, people, and ecology of the Serengeti Region • Human evolution in East Africa with emphasis on Tanzania • Research methodology – GIS and surveying methods • Taphonomy and hominid behavior (actualistic studies) • Archaeology of Tanzania - stone tools industry and typology • Paleoecology of Laetoli and Olduvai Gorge • Medical Anthropology • Teaching practicum at Enduleni Primary School Field School Research and Training Locations Lake Eyasi Laetoli Olduvai Gorge Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti Field school contribution in paleoanthropological research Fossil surface collection at Laetoli Documentation (photography & GPS readings), and site clearing People and Ecology of the Serengeti Region Faces from Tanzania Cultural Anthropology research opportunities Pastoralist people of central and northern of Tanzania Hadzabe are the last of the hunter-gatherers communities in Sub- Saharan Africa Hadzabe Camp-site and Life Style Tourism within the Eyasi Basin is threatening the very existence of Hadzabe people, the last of the hunter-gathering group in sub-Saharan Africa The future of the Ngorongoro Crater Maasai With privatization and aggressive tourism promotion in Tanzania, where do the Maasai stand? Conservation efforts of 3.5 Ma animal footprints at Laetoli Students learning how to make silicone casts Making casts of animal prints Using fast setting silicone and blue rock casting materials Future research and fieldwork plans include 1. GIS data gathering and geological mapping of the Laetolil exposures 2. Documentation of Hadzabe medicinal plants and their use 3. Landscape archaeology 5. Excavation and 4. Medical Anthropology documentation of within the Maasai stone tools
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