Following our first two days of class in the lab, we spent the day in the field Wednesday visiting the site of an important hominin discovery. In an attempt to beat the heat, we boarded the lorry at 7 a.m. to get an early start, arriving in Area 10 by 7:45. Sale and Apolo lead the way to the excavation site, and once there, described how their team found an almost complete Homo habilis cranium, sans maxilla. Though the site is now just the remnants of an excavation, it hit home nonetheless: a strange feeling washes over you when you realize that ancestral hominins, that hold the secrets to our natural history, that you can not only see but even feel their resemblance to us, used to inhabit this area. This experience really exemplifies the difference between learning about Human Origins at TBI as compared to in a classroom; the only way to truly experience that feeling of awe is to visit such a place.
Hi I'm Mattia. I am the teaching assistant for the TBI Field School Fall 2016. I recently graduated from American University in December 2015 and am an alumni of the field school. I am thrilled to be returning to this wonderful program and excited to share this life-changing experience with this year's students.