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|Mattia Pickett

About Mattia Pickett

Hi I'm Mattia. I am the teaching assistant for the TBI Field School Fall 2016. I recently graduated from American University in December 2015 and am an alumni of the field school. I am thrilled to be returning to this wonderful program and excited to share this life-changing experience with this year's students.

Becoming a master knapper

After returning to TBI from an exciting camping trip, we spent the afternoon relaxing and knapping! We used the raw material we had collected in the field: though everyone put their initials on the material collected, some students decided to share what they had collected (our students were so thoughtful, but whatever happened to survival [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:29+00:00 November 21st, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Becoming a master knapper

Trip to Nariokotome

We left TBI Turkwel Monday morning for our camping trip, from which we would be returning on Wednesday afternoon. We would be camping for two nights near the village of Nariokotome; the famous hominin site of Nariokotome boy, KNM-WT 15000, is only a few minutes away! On our drive to Nariokotome, we would be making [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:29+00:00 November 19th, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Trip to Nariokotome

Rolling back to the Holocene

On Friday, we traveled to the Holocene site of Napaget, a massive and artefact-rich sand dune that overlooks the beautiful Lake Turkana. The site is about an hour away (as the lorry drives), and on the way we passed some truly impressive termite mounds, almost big enough for a person to live in (I wonder [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:30+00:00 November 14th, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Rolling back to the Holocene

Afternoon Knaps

The next morning in class, we were introduced to archaeological vocabulary, necessary to accurately understand and describe stone artefacts. We learned how to describe the physical characteristics, such as: ventral (internal) and dorsal (external) sides of a flake; cortex, or the external skin of the original rock; and negatives (signs of a flake removal) and positives [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:30+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Afternoon Knaps

Crawling for Monkeys and a Friendly Farewell

Because of the successful end of our last excursion in the field, we returned to the same site to try to find other remnants of this ancient primate. When we got back, we did a hill crawl to cover the area below the find, with the thought that over time the fossil skeleton may have [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:30+00:00 November 6th, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Crawling for Monkeys and a Friendly Farewell

What do our teeth tell us?

In Human Evolution this week, we discussed how animals with different diets will have coinciding differences in their teeth morphology as well as in other cranial areas, such as the zygomatic and mandible. Similar dietary morphology patterns are observed in hominins as well, which can tell us a lot about both the environment they were living in [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:31+00:00 November 3rd, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on What do our teeth tell us?

Discovering Hominins

Following our first two days of class in the lab, we spent the day in the field Wednesday visiting the site of an important hominin discovery. In an attempt to beat the heat, we boarded the lorry at 7 a.m. to get an early start, arriving in Area 10 by 7:45. Sale and Apolo lead [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:31+00:00 October 29th, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Discovering Hominins

Prospecting and Excavating in the Field

The second week of Paleontology was primarily spent in the field: for four of the six class days this week, we spent the entire day in the field, using what we learned in the previous week to find and identify fossils. Though a majority of the time was spent prospecting, we also learned the methods [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:31+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Fall 2016, Field Schools|Comments Off on Prospecting and Excavating in the Field