Field School

Oxford-Gorongosa Paleo-Primate Field School

Oxford-Gorongosa Paleo-Primate Field School

Launched in 2018 as a collaboration between the University of Oxford and Gorongosa National Park, the Oxford-Gorongosa Paleo-Primate Field School is a uniquely interdisciplinary experience, providing students with training in primatology, paleoanthropology, archaeology, geology, speleology and ecology within one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. The field school combines intensive classroom teaching with practical laboratory training, field observations of primate ecology and social behaviour, palaeontological surveys, and archaeological excavations. Mentoring is provided by researchers of the Paleo-Primate Project Gorongosa, with whom students have the opportunity to develop their own undergraduate or postgraduate projects. The field school aims to be as inclusive as possible: there are no tuition fees and assistance is available to students applying for small grants to cover associated travel and living expenses. Half of the students selected each year are from Mozambique, including students from the local area and Eduardo Mondlane University. The other half are selected from the University of Oxford (past participants have included students from the Human Sciences BA, Archaeology and Anthropology BA, and Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology MSc). The field school runs annually and lasts for several weeks over the summer break. Due to COVID-19, the planned Oxford-Gorongosa Paleo-Primate Field School 2020 was unable to take place, but we hope to be able to resume soon. Until then, please enjoy browsing the below images and 'field words' written by past field school students.

Expressions of interest and queries should be emailed to paleo-primatefieldschool@anthro.ox.ac.uk.

Latest news (updated 1st February 2021): Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to postpone the Oxford-Gorongosa Paleo-Primate Field School until 2022.