International researchers and conservation teams, have been excavating 1.5 to 1.7 million year old archaeological sites that would otherwise be lost to erosion, and undertaking ground-breaking research using sophisticated methods of recovery and analysis to create a permanent record of the amazing discoveries unearthed from within the gorge. The local Tanzanian community, the Maasai tribes, and the worldwide community of academics are working together to safe guard this wonderful site and better understand the series of events that led to the emergence of our own species.