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A New Home, A New Experience in Ileret

MPALA TO TBI After entering the TBI plane, the students flew north towards Ileret to reach the TBI facility. On the way, they saw new horizons and different landscapes that surprised them: remnants of volcanic reactions, a sea of sand that layers the land, and Lake Turkana. When they arrived in Ileret, the students were [...]

By | 2017-06-03T00:38:00+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Field Schools, Global Innovation 2017|Comments Off on A New Home, A New Experience in Ileret

Global Innovation Field School 2017 begins!

As most people are enjoying the beach and sunshine in the US, some Stony Brook students took a long shot and came to the shores of Lake Turkana, Kenya. They are here for the brand-new Global Innovation Field School! The Global Innovation summer program is organized by the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Stony [...]

By | 2017-06-04T16:54:59+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Featured, Field Schools, Global Innovation 2017|Comments Off on Global Innovation Field School 2017 begins!

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!

Our Day in Lodwar

A major aspect and problem of archaeological work is the preservation of sites.  Archaeological sites are prone to natural forces such as weathering along with human acts such as robbery and vandalism.  To understand the problems facing current archaeological sites, the Origins Field School students participated in a cultural management project, where they not only [...]

By | 2017-05-06T15:44:34+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Spring 2017|Comments Off on Our Day in Lodwar

Some serious digging in the dirt

As the field school comes close to its end, students finally had the opportunity to experience how different pieces of information can be put together to tell a compelling story of human history. And we do it the TBI style: in the field! Equipped with all kinds of digging tools ranging from trowels to buckets, [...]

By | 2017-04-27T21:47:03+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Field Schools, Spring 2017|Comments Off on Some serious digging in the dirt

The grandeur of Lothagam

The TBI Turkwel campus has one of the best outlook points around the area: the roof of the research labs. From there, several landmarks in the region are clearly visible. Towards the south, there are two peaks barely noticeable above the horizon. They are in the area known as Lothagam, geologically one of the most [...]

By | 2017-04-30T15:15:36+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Field Schools, Spring 2017|Comments Off on The grandeur of Lothagam

The Nariokotome camping trip

Now that our field school students have gained a good understanding of how early stone tools are made, it is time to find some stone tools in the field! And that is what the students have been waiting for! The Origins Field School has a tradition of visiting one of the most well-known hominin sites [...]

By | 2017-04-12T20:39:37+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Field Schools, Spring 2017|Comments Off on The Nariokotome camping trip

Embracing Our Ancestry

The students have arrived at Turkwel for their final adventure of The Origins Field School, the Archaeology module.  For this, we are joined by Dr. Elisabeth Hildebrand from Stonybrook University who studies the beginnings of agriculture and herding in Africa. She has also done research in East Africa area for over 10 years! Dr. [...]

By | 2017-04-10T07:00:41+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Spring 2017|Comments Off on Embracing Our Ancestry