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Kite flying captures site views from above

One of the techniques we use to document a site that we excavate is to get an aerial view from above and so we take advantage of the good wind we have and suspend a camera from a kite. If we sent the camera up high enough you can get a wide area in quite [...]

By | August 9th, 2013|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Kite flying captures site views from above

Fossil specimens from Area 13

Last year much of a pig skeleton was recovered from a rugged and rocky hillside covered in a tumbling dark and broken slabs of sandstone including many foot bones. We revisited this site and during long rains earlier this year, more of the pig skeleton had eroded from the slope. We were able to collect [...]

By | August 1st, 2013|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Fossil specimens from Area 13

Koobi Fora Research Project back in the field

The Koobi Fora Research Project is back in the field again this year. Its been busy and exciting so far so finally a few posts from the field season. With one good fossil coming out of the ground already it prompted a visit by Richard Leakey who came and watched the proceedings for [...]

By | July 30th, 2013|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Koobi Fora Research Project back in the field

From Area 129

The excavation crew have completed the first excavation after four weeks of work. They have now moved to a new site where fossil hunter Robert Moru found a hominid femur last year. From the excavation site in Area 129. Unfortunately after four weeks of excavation no additional hominid fragmends were found from this excavation. The [...]

By | July 16th, 2010|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on From Area 129

Excavation progress

Final week of first excavation in progress for the Koobi Fora Research Project. The field crew at the first excavation Here are some images taken by Lawrence Nzuve who is at the site of the excavation, showing the progress as they work their way up the slope. Remember they are digging with delicate picks and [...]

By | June 7th, 2010|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Excavation progress

Field season begins again for 2010

With the generous support of National Geographic Society Missions programs we are back to the field again. The field season started in the last week of May. It has been a very wet year in the north with lots of rain and the area is looking so green, covered in mats of flowers and long [...]

By | June 3rd, 2010|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Field season begins again for 2010

Fossil preparation training gets underway

While some of the crew have been wet sieving the sediments recovered from the last field season, others have been doing specimen preparation. There are numerous large specimens, most of them in plaster that were recovered from the field over that past few years. Christopher Kiarie, an expert preparator from the National Museums of Kenya [...]

By | November 10th, 2009|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Fossil preparation training gets underway

Wet sieving continues

Lawrence Nzuve After the short break after the field season, some members of the crew are back to work to continue with the wet sieving. A large quantity of sediment was painstakingly carried back to the TBI Ileret field station at the end of the field season from the excavation sites.         [...]

By | October 22nd, 2009|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Wet sieving continues