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Farewell Mpala, Hello Ileret!

This week the students traveled further North to Illeret on the East side of Lake Turkana! Saying goodbye to Mpala, the students embark on a new adventure as they continue their ecology course with Dr. Martins. With a new and vast environment to explore, the students have the opportunity to take in the beauty and [...]

By |2019-02-04T16:47:46-07:00February 3rd, 2019|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Farewell Mpala, Hello Ileret!

Adventures at Mpala!

This week was as busy as it was exciting for the students! Dr. Martins and the students collecting Anopheles mosquito larvae (Photo Credit: Lucia Nadal) They started their week with Dr. Duncan Kimuyu, a researcher at Mpala who is a part of the long term exclosure experiment. This experiment consists of several sections [...]

By |2019-01-29T21:29:25-07:00January 29th, 2019|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Adventures at Mpala!

Students arrive in Kenya for Spring 2019 Origins Field School

Jambo and welcome to the Spring 2019 TBI Origins Field School! My name is Lucia Nadal and I am the Resident Academic Director for this program. Together with our TA, Petra Peretin, I will be accompanying the students throughout the next ten weeks, making sure that they have an unforgettable learning experience. The students arrived [...]

By |2019-01-22T09:45:11-07:00January 21st, 2019|Featured, Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Students arrive in Kenya for Spring 2019 Origins Field School

Our last week at TBI

Our last week at TBI was an eventful one, with a lot of things to finish up before we packed up and came back home.  We took a trip to Central Island, learned a great deal about human evolution, visited an important paleontological site, and had a goat roast.  After a restful day last Saturday, [...]

By |2018-08-21T19:12:32-07:00August 21st, 2018|Field Schools, General, Origins Summer 2018|Comments Off on Our last week at TBI

Massive Lake Turkana burial site hints at social complexity of earliest herders

A groundbreaking study has found the earliest and largest monumental cemetery in eastern Africa built 5,000 years ago by early pastoralists living around Lake Turkana, Kenya. This group is believed to have lived without major inequalities and hierarchies, contradicting long-standing narratives about the origins of early civilizations. The study, led by Elisabeth Hildebrand, PhD, Department [...]

By |2018-08-21T17:59:30-07:00August 20th, 2018|Featured, General|Comments Off on Massive Lake Turkana burial site hints at social complexity of earliest herders

A Journey to Lomekwi: Part Two

Welcome to part two of our Lomekwi journey!  During the second week, we went on a day trip to Nariokotome, went swimming in the lake, and spent more time at the site.  The last blog post left off on Saturday the 4thof August.  On Sunday we had a rest day, and so decided to take [...]

By |2018-08-20T09:39:44-07:00August 14th, 2018|Field Schools, General, Origins Summer 2018|Comments Off on A Journey to Lomekwi: Part Two

A Journey to Lomekwi: Part One

Welcome back, it’s been a while!  We have had a great time at the Lomekwi research and survey area over the past twelve days.  In the first week, we learned a lot about the earliest stone tools, human evolution, and learned more about excavation.  We spent time at the Lomekwi 3 archaeological site and excavated [...]

By |2018-08-20T09:35:57-07:00August 12th, 2018|Origins Summer 2018|Comments Off on A Journey to Lomekwi: Part One