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Adventures at Mpala!

This week was as busy as it was exciting for the students! Dr. Martins and the students collecting Anopheles mosquito larvae (Photo Credit: Lucia Nadal) They started their week with Dr. Duncan Kimuyu, a researcher at Mpala who is a part of the long term exclosure experiment. This experiment consists of several sections [...]

By |2019-01-29T21:29:25-07:00January 29th, 2019|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Adventures at Mpala!

Students arrive in Kenya for Spring 2019 Origins Field School

Jambo and welcome to the Spring 2019 TBI Origins Field School! My name is Lucia Nadal and I am the Resident Academic Director for this program. Together with our TA, Petra Peretin, I will be accompanying the students throughout the next ten weeks, making sure that they have an unforgettable learning experience. The students arrived [...]

By |2019-09-13T10:38:56-07:00January 21st, 2019|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Students arrive in Kenya for Spring 2019 Origins Field School

The Field School’s Final Weeks: Archaeology, Goat Butchery and Graduation!

The students were very busy in our last two weeks in Kenya. The Archaeology module took us to many sites around Turkana where there have been important paleontological and archaeological finds or where there is exciting current research. The students walked the Turkana outcrops in search of bones, stone tools and pottery. Through their studies [...]

By |2018-04-25T16:23:02-07:00April 25th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on The Field School’s Final Weeks: Archaeology, Goat Butchery and Graduation!

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 |2018-03-31T12:12:42-07:00March 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 |2018-03-26T11:14:09-07:00March 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 |2018-03-12T14:00:25-07:00March 10th, 2018|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Tracing our Ancestry