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Practising Archaeology

Photo: Esther Kadaga Our journey through the Archaeology module is coming to an end. We had a few site visits this week and one of the activities the students got to do was archaeological surveys.  Archaeological surveys are useful in helping archaeologists to identify where best to excavate. The field team scans the [...]

By | 2018-03-31T12:12:42+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Practising Archaeology

Stone tools and the Nariokotome camping trip

Stone tools which were a vital technological invention of early humans, enabling them to do things like butchering. Oldowan and Acheulean stone tool technologies were collectively prevalent for millions of years; now it was time for our modern day students to try their hand at reliving their ancient ancestors' ways of life. On Monday Dr. [...]

By | 2018-03-26T11:14:09+00:00 March 25th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Stone tools and the Nariokotome camping trip

Tracing our Ancestry

This Week, the students have been introduced to the story of being and becoming human. The scientific story of human evolution. Humans have always been curious to identify who they really are which poses questions like; how and why are we different from other mammals? What made us develop distinct traits like bipedality and bigger [...]

By | 2018-03-12T14:00:25+00:00 March 10th, 2018|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Tracing our Ancestry

Studying Vertebrate Paleontology in Turkana

The students are now well into the Vertebrate Paleontology course with Dr. Bill Sanders from the University of Michigan. Professor Sanders has been teaching the students how to interpret the skeleton and teeth of animals in order to understand how they lived. You can understand a lot about an animal based on its bones. The [...]

By | 2018-03-05T14:10:04+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Studying Vertebrate Paleontology in Turkana

Visit to Ileret Town

A Dasenach village. Photo: Rosie Bryson The students visited a village in Ileret and got to know more about the culture of the local Dasenach people. The Dasenach are a pastoralist community living in Marsabit County within the Turkana region. One of the things the students learned was the division of labour within [...]

By | 2018-02-25T20:03:57+00:00 February 24th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Visit to Ileret Town

Performing Geologic Autopsies and More

  In the last week, we have been delving deeper into the geology of the Turkana Basin. This included seeking to understand how stratigraphic units (distinct layers of soil piled on top of each other which represent different time periods) are formed and how to interpret individual sedimentary strata’s  in order to reconstruct past environments. [...]

By | 2018-02-20T10:50:44+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Performing Geologic Autopsies and More