Archaeology, our fifth and final module, started Monday. Students learned a lot about the basics: Archaeology is the study of artifacts and buildings that people have left behind. In Turkana, there are mostly stone tools that range in age from 3 million years to 50,000 years or less. Students learned about stone tools, their differences, and their application. To experience what our early ancestors might have lived like, students received an assignment: Peel the rock-hard outer layer off a palm nut to get to the edible, and supposedly tasty, second layer – using stones only! So students went off to find 1) palm nuts and 2) hammer and anvil rocks to process them. This turned out to be a little harder than it sounds, but everyone had great fun – including our Turkana neighborss!
Hello, I am Anja Deppe. I am a physical anthropologist and am interested in all aspects of ecology and animal behavior. In Madagascar, I investigated how mouse lemurs (tiny primates) use their senses of seeing, hearing, and smelling to avoid predators. I am currently the director of the Turkana Basin Institute Field School and share my time between Kenya and Stony Brook University.