Hi, we’re Katie and Letty and we’re students from UCL. On Thursday, we went on a trip to South Turkwel and some deposits nearer the TBI compound to learn about surveying and excavation techniques used in Paleoanthropology. Currently we are taking a course on Human Evolution led by Dr. Jason Lewis.
In the morning, we took a short truck journey to the South Turkwel deposits where we learnt about surveying techniques and began to flag some fossils we spotted on the surface.
After we scoured the area for fossils, Dr. Lewis explained each piece of fossilized bone we found. The importance of identifying bone in the field is vital for gaining greater understanding about the site.
Then we moved on to the dirty work. First, we laid out a section and began to sweep sediment off the surface of the area.
After collecting buckets of sediment, we then began to sieve for smaller finds.
In the afternoon, we moved on to survey some deposits nearer the TBI compound. We were asked to flag any identifiable fossils. By the end of the day, we found some animal remains but no new species of hominin, unfortunately.
This was a good learning experience in knowing how to identify fossilized bone from similar-looking rocks, and provided insight into the process of paleontological surveying.
Thank you for reading!