The next morning the students woke up at dawn, and after a simple breakfast, they set out for a long hike along the Nawata river bed and up the hills to the waterhole in the southern end of Lothagam.
On the way, Abdi took the students to see a handaxe he had found the previous day. Handaxes are a trademark of the Acheulean technological tradition and were made by our early hominin ancestors between 1.7 and 0.2 million years ago.
Dr. Feibel then took the students further along the laga up to the site of some giraffe trace fossils. Many years ago when the lake reached as far as Lothagam, a group of giraffes would have been walking across a mud plain, slipping and skidding on the squishy surface and left footprints that were preserved by sand that superimposed them. Now the students were able to seen these footprints on a collapsed block of sandstone up in the Lothagam hills. Pretty amazing!
The students then headed up to the Galana Boi formation which was rich with fossils and archaeology. Dr. Raynolds found a fragment of a bone harpoon!
Up on the plateau, the students made their way south and down the gorge to the waterhole, where a young shepherd was resting with his goats.
After a short break Dr. Feibel let the students loose to find their own way back to camp, where a delicious meal was waiting. Everyone made it back safely and with full bellies and everything packed, they got back on the truck to return to TBI.
It was Valentine’s Day, so it was time to catch up with the celebrations.
Earlier in the week each student randomly picked a piece of paper from a hat with the name of their secret valentine and spent the following days preparing cards and gifts for them. After dinner, now back at TBI, the cupid (embodied by the Teaching Assistant) spread the love and distributed the gifts to everyone. Sarah and Carolina made the perfect pair as they turned out to be each other’s secret valentine – Adorable! Here are some pictures.
More news coming soon!