We left TBI Turkwel Monday morning for our camping trip, from which we would be returning on Wednesday afternoon. We would be camping for two nights near the village of Nariokotome; the famous hominin site of Nariokotome boy, KNM-WT 15000, is only a few minutes away! On our drive to Nariokotome, we would be making two stops: first, at the Kalokol Namoratunga pillar site, and second, at Lomekwi 3!
The Kalokol Namoratunga site is one of several megalith sites in the Turkana Basin. There are many large, pillar-shaped rocks standing upright in a cluster. Though the exact purpose or construction mechanism is unknown, there is a local myth concerning the many Namoratunga sites in the Turkana Basin. According to the myth, many many years ago, a group of people were singing around a campfire. The devil appeared and wanted to sing with them, but told them they had better not laugh at his voice. When he began to sing, they couldn’t help but laugh, some doubled over or leaning back they were laughing so hard. Filled with anger, the devil turned them all to stone just as they were, and this is why some stones are straight up while others are leaning over.