One of the major focuses of the Archaeology module in the Turkana Basin is the use of stone tools in pre-historical times. 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.
While at Nariokotome the students collected phonolite and rhyolite as the raw materials for the next week, as well as Basalt and Quartz to use as hammerstones to create their masterpieces.
During the final week, the students knapped their own stone tools following minimal instruction. Dr. Sonia Harmand left them to their own devices and, using only a short video as a guide, the students still managed to perform remarkably well at constructing their own tools.