Origins Summer Field School

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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

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!

TBI makes a splash! Visiting Lake Turkana.

It can get pretty hot here in Turkana, so this weekend the students made two separate trips to the massive East African rift lake to cool off and take a well-deserved break from their first module. On Friday and after a week full of lectures, lab activities, and assignments, the whole group loaded up in [...]

By | 2017-06-20T11:17:18+00:00 June 20th, 2017|General, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on TBI makes a splash! Visiting Lake Turkana.

Into the field! Fossil hunting in our own backyard

After a few classes, lectures, and labs, it was time for the students to try out their new skills in the field! TBI Turkwel is situated on the banks of the Turkwel river, right on the cusp of some rocky outcrops with sediments dating to around 3 to 4 million years old. Tuesday morning, the [...]

By | 2017-06-15T06:02:44+00:00 June 15th, 2017|Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on Into the field! Fossil hunting in our own backyard

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!