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From Mpala to Turkwel, it’s heating up!

Welcome to our second blog post! The students have now arrived at Turkwel, the Turkana Basin Institute Research facility on the West side of lake Turkana. Before we made our way out here, we spent our remaining time at Mpala studying the ecology of African bushlands. The students listening to a lecture by Dr. [...]

By | 2017-06-29T13:09:56+00:00 June 12th, 2017|General, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on From Mpala to Turkwel, it’s heating up!

Origins Summer Program has begun!

Karibu! Welcome to Kenya! Beautiful Wildebeest Ecolodge outside of Nairobi, where the students stayed their first night in Kenya (photo credit: Evelyn Glaze) On Sunday, June 4th, our group of students arrived in Nairobi after their flights from the USA and Australia. With their arrival, the 6-week long TBI Origins Summer Field School [...]

By | 2017-06-11T19:53:51+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Field Schools, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on Origins Summer Program has begun!

Getting Down and Dirty

A Tour of TBI Last week, students took a tour of the Turkana Basin Institute for the opportunity to see what resources TBI uses, understand what makes the campus so unique, and discover what materials are available to be used in their projects. The first stop was the energy systems of the campus. TBI is [...]

By | 2017-06-16T04:03:06+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Field Schools, Global Innovation 2017, Global Innovation Field School|Comments Off on Getting Down and Dirty

A New Home, A New Experience in Ileret

MPALA TO TBI After entering the TBI plane, the students flew north towards Ileret to reach the TBI facility. On the way, they saw new horizons and different landscapes that surprised them: remnants of volcanic reactions, a sea of sand that layers the land, and Lake Turkana. When they arrived in Ileret, the students were [...]

By | 2017-06-03T00:38:00+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Field Schools, Global Innovation 2017|Comments Off on A New Home, A New Experience in Ileret

Global Innovation Field School 2017 begins!

As most people are enjoying the beach and sunshine in the US, some Stony Brook students took a long shot and came to the shores of Lake Turkana, Kenya. They are here for the brand-new Global Innovation Field School! The Global Innovation summer program is organized by the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Stony [...]

By | 2017-06-04T16:54:59+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Featured, Field Schools, Global Innovation 2017|Comments Off on Global Innovation Field School 2017 begins!

Congratulations to Spring Field School Graduates!

It is finally the end of the Archaeology module and our field school students have learned a lot about stone tools. Now it is time to put them in good use! Cracking nuts using a hammer stone and an anvil is just the beginning of technology. To convince ourselves that the stone flakes we made are capable [...]

By | 2017-06-04T17:01:35+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Featured, Field Schools, Spring 2017|Comments Off on Congratulations to Spring Field School Graduates!

Our Day in Lodwar

A major aspect and problem of archaeological work is the preservation of sites.  Archaeological sites are prone to natural forces such as weathering along with human acts such as robbery and vandalism.  To understand the problems facing current archaeological sites, the Origins Field School students participated in a cultural management project, where they not only [...]

By | 2017-05-06T15:44:34+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Spring 2017|Comments Off on Our Day in Lodwar

Some serious digging in the dirt

As the field school comes close to its end, students finally had the opportunity to experience how different pieces of information can be put together to tell a compelling story of human history. And we do it the TBI style: in the field! Equipped with all kinds of digging tools ranging from trowels to buckets, [...]

By | 2017-04-27T21:47:03+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Field Schools, Spring 2017|Comments Off on Some serious digging in the dirt