On Thursday, the students set off an a camping adventure to Nariokotome. The truck and the pick-up were packed with bed-rolls, tents, cooking equipment,wash-tubs, and enough food to feed a small army of archaeology students for the next three days. The students also made their own preparations, taking notebooks, academic articles and a good book to read on the journey, swimming costumes for a dip in the lake, the occasional cuddly teddy-bear for a night-time companion, and a healthy measure of excitement.
On the way, we stopped at the Namuratunga Archaeological Site, one of the many pillar sites dotted around the Turkana Basin Region. Commonly known as the Dancing Stones, these monuments are thought to have been erected in the early days of pastoralism at a time of many socio-economic changes; but their function and significance is still poorly understood. Some archaeologist have hypothesized they may have had some religious or astrological purpose, while others have highlighted their use as burial sites.