In our last episode of geologic endeavor, students learned about the two dominating sedimentary systems of the Turkana Basin: the river system and the lake system. They are the integral forces that laid down layers of rocks in the basin, together with important fossils of early mammals and hominins. To understand the differences between the [...]
Origins Field School students observe a pack of African wild dogs at Mpala Research Centre.
Students of the Turkana Basin Institute Origins Field School observe a Hippo pod at Mpala Research Centre in central Kenya. Part of the Ecology course of the program, students' experiences at Mpala provide a context for visualizing the ancient landscape of Lake Turakana several million years ago.
It is the end of the Archaeology module and our field school students have learned a lot about how stone tools are made. Now it is time to put this knowledge into real use! Stone knapping is not just banging rocks against each other. It takes a lot of practice and experience. The seemingly “simple” [...]
In the last week of the Archaeology module, we had a lot of adventures visiting various archaeological sites on the west side of Lake Turkana. Dr. Sonia Harmand from Stony Brook University led the expedition. Dr. Harmand has been working in the Turkana Basin for almost two decades. Her expertise in this region provided exceptional [...]
We have had a couple of rains in the last few days at TBI Turkwel and were a bit worried about our field trip to Lothagam, a fossil/archeological site ~40 kilometers (25 miles) to the southeast of TBI Turkwel. It sounds close but, we can not drive fast on muddy roads. The trip turned out [...]
We often find archaeological discoveries very attractive and a lot of them are about lost civilizations and cavemen eating each other in Eurasia or the Americas. In Africa, however, a lot of the archaeological material is from stone tools. Stone tools are a type of material culture of ancient populations that can go back millions [...]
Imagine that you are a chimpanzee foraging in the doum palm forest by the Turkwel River, and that you have all the palm nuts high up in the trees, what would you do to get them? That was exactly the question our field school students have to think about at the beginning of the Archeology [...]