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Reading the Rocks in the Cradle of Humanity

Our Geology module with Dr. Craig Feibel and Dr. Robert Raynolds continues at the TBI campus! Dr. Feibel started off the week with an introduction to the different rock “species” found in the Rift Valley. The students have been working hard to memorize more than 20 different types of rock, as well as state it’s [...]

By | 2018-02-13T08:14:52+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Reading the Rocks in the Cradle of Humanity

A Journey through Time in Sediments

Photo: Deming Yang The ecology module has ended. The next module, Geology, has started. Dr Craig Feibel and Dr. Bob Raynolds  are the instructors taking the students through the geological history of the Turkana Basin. The students are spending time in the lab learning about rocks. They are also going out into the [...]

By | 2018-02-12T10:13:44+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on A Journey through Time in Sediments

Adjusting to the Heat

Since their arrival at TBI-Ileret, students have continued to expand their understanding of ecological research methods. Here, they have also been introduced to new TAs, the Dassenatch people, and more heat than they were accustomed to at Mpala. They all are adjusting really well to this new environment which is great since this will be [...]

By | 2018-02-05T11:57:06+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Adjusting to the Heat

The Ecology Course Begins at the Mpala Research Center!

The field school students have had a very busy week at the Mpala Research Center.  The center is a hub for scientific research on East African Ecology and stretches over 48,000 acres of land. In this one area we were able to see examples of savanna, woodland, bushland, riverine and rocky escarpment habitats, all full [...]

By | 2018-02-01T09:12:10+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Field Schools, Spring 2018|Comments Off on The Ecology Course Begins at the Mpala Research Center!

Origins Field School Spring 2018 begins!

Welcome to the Origins Field School blog Spring 2018! As the Resident Academic Director for the field school, I will be accompanying the students, TA’s and instructors throughout all of the field school modules. As part of the Field School support team, I will do my best to make sure that our students have an [...]

By | 2018-01-24T03:28:39+00:00 January 24th, 2018|Field Schools, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Origins Field School Spring 2018 begins!

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!

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!

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!