The Field School is in its final two weeks, and that means we are in the final module, Archaeology, taught by Dr. Sonia Harmand. So far, students have learned about the Oldowan and Acheulean stone tool industries, with lots more coming in the next week and a half.
On Wednesday, students completed a lab exercise to make sure they could tell the difference between geofacts and artifacts and identify the major features of cores and flakes.
Students worked together and asked questions to make sure they were ready to head out tomorrow and identify lithics in the field.
Today, we headed to Ayaniyeng, a site rich with Holocene stone tools, sherds of pottery, and fragments of ostrich eggshell. Students got started by flagging every artifact they saw.
Dr. Harmand took a look at all the flagged artifacts and each student got a chance to show off their knowledge by describing the features and stone type of the various artifacts.
Let’s end today with a special request from UCL anthropology/archaeology student Eloise, who wants to share her very clever game entitled “Rock or Potato?”