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Final week: archaeology, stone knapping, and graduation!

The students, staff, and Tom! During the final few days of the TBI Origins Summer Field School, Dr. Sonia Harmand joined our students for an intensive introduction to Earlier Stone Age archaeology in the Turkana Basin. Dr. Harmand and SBU post-doctoral researcher Dr. Nicholas Taylor led everyone in a practical lesson on stone [...]

By | 2017-07-17T13:07:10+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on Final week: archaeology, stone knapping, and graduation!

More research at TBI Turkwel

Students have been working on their research projects at the TBI Turkwel campus under supervision of Dr. Jason Lewis. One group of students has been drilling modern and fossil teeth to obtain samples that will be analyzed to examine stable carbon and oxygen isotope ratios. These data help to reconstruct what kind of plants the [...]

By | 2017-07-12T04:08:33+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Field Schools, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on More research at TBI Turkwel

Napudet hills and student research projects!

Ryan and Morgan at the Napudet Hills (photo credit: Dorien de Vries). Dr. Craig Feibel talks about the geological setting of the Miocene deposits in the Napudet Hills (photo credit: Dorien de Vries). Last Sunday, the students joined another group of visitors (part of the Academic Safari program hosted by TBI) [...]

By | 2017-07-10T05:56:50+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on Napudet hills and student research projects!

Post-excavation lab work at TBI Turkwel

As a reward for their hard work in the field, the group spent last Sunday in the nearby town of Lodwar. Lodwar is the closest population center, and it is growing in size every day. The students enjoyed milkshakes at the Diner and some shopping for traditional trinkets like handmade baskets, kikois, and beaded jewelry. [...]

By | 2017-07-08T08:51:16+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Field Schools, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on Post-excavation lab work at TBI Turkwel

Congratulations Global Innovation Field School!

In their final week, the students visit a new area near Sericho, a small fishing town a mile away from the Ethiopian border. Here the group is introduced to new people and a new lifestyle. Very few people in Ileret town use fishing as a means of finding food sources. In fact, it is a [...]

By | 2017-07-01T20:45:10+00:00 July 1st, 2017|Field Schools, Global Innovation 2017, Global Innovation Field School|Comments Off on Congratulations Global Innovation Field School!

Planting Seeds for a Ripe Future

  This week the Global Innovation team discussed their ideas for long-term projects. The five short term projects had covered major aspects of the community’s ability to develop sustainably and thus are important topics the group will keep in mind on as they move forward. Among them are access to electricity, water management, building infrastructure, [...]

By | 2017-06-24T02:13:47+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Field Schools, Global Innovation 2017, Global Innovation Field School|Comments Off on Planting Seeds for a Ripe Future

A Journey into Evolution, Solar Energy, & Paleontology

One of the great prospects that Kenya has is its abundance of open flat land and solar power. Because of this, photovoltaic, or solar panel systems are a very favorable form of obtaining energy for the communities that need it. Professor Rodrigo has created a full day lecture around photovoltaic, or PV, systems to enlighten [...]

By | 2017-06-24T01:43:23+00:00 June 24th, 2017|Field Schools, Global Innovation 2017, Global Innovation Field School|Comments Off on A Journey into Evolution, Solar Energy, & Paleontology

Stones, sediments, and artifacts – archaeology has begun!

(Counterclockwise from bottom left) Petra, Sheng, Karolina, Nathan, Kelly, Ian, and TA Evelyn watch as Dr. Lisa Hildebrand discusses how to recognize stone tools. This week our students have started their second module ‘Archeological Methods’, taught by Dr. Lisa Hildebrand. The first three days were spent bringing the students up to speed on [...]

By | 2017-06-29T13:08:34+00:00 June 21st, 2017|General, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on Stones, sediments, and artifacts – archaeology has begun!