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About Katarina Warren

Hi! I am Kat Warren and I am the Teaching Assistant for the Spring 2014 field school. While I am here I am also involved in the African Fossils Project (africanfossils.org) where I am 3D-scanning modern African fauna, fossils and archaeological material. I am a recent graduate in Archaeological Science from the University of Sheffield and my current interests lie in the evolution of cognition, and primate behaviour as a means to understand the cognitive frameworks of our earliest ancestors.

Turkana-lympics: Rhythmic Dancing (and Singing) and the Closing Ceremony

The last event, and almost certainly the one everyone was looking forward to was the Rhythmic Dancing and Singing. This event was different from all the others because the athletes would not only be judged on their skill, but, more importantly, their creativity. And of course, for this, we had three experienced judges - Dr. [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:54+00:00 April 19th, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on Turkana-lympics: Rhythmic Dancing (and Singing) and the Closing Ceremony

In search of a Miocene Ape, screening, and excavating a 2.5 million year old elephant

During the Human Evolution module the students also got the chance to go on a number of field trips. The first was to the sites of Kalodirr and Losodok where Dr. Skinner set them the challenge of finding a Miocene Ape. The students begin their search of the outcrops. Kalodirr is dated to [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:54+00:00 March 31st, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on In search of a Miocene Ape, screening, and excavating a 2.5 million year old elephant

Fun in the Lab – Teeth as Food Processing Tools

Last week marked the beginning of the last module of the Spring 2014 Field School - Human Evolution, taught by Dr. Matt Skinner from University College London. The module kicked off with a journey through the history of palaeoanthropology from the first fossils discovered to important scientific breakthroughs that enabled early scientists to start piecing [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:54+00:00 March 29th, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on Fun in the Lab – Teeth as Food Processing Tools

Stone knapping and goat butchery – How to succeed as an Oldowan hominin

On Thursday, after having collected all the raw materials during the Nariokotome trip, it was time for our young hominins to test their knapping skills and prove their worth to the Oldowan community. But before we started, the students made a short trip just outside the compound to collect some quartz pebbles to use as [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:54+00:00 March 20th, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on Stone knapping and goat butchery – How to succeed as an Oldowan hominin

Camping in Nariokotome

Day 1 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 [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:54+00:00 March 14th, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on Camping in Nariokotome

Turkana-lympics – Long jump, Balls of Doum, and Turkana Faces

First and foremost, a belated Happy Mardi Gras! The Students and the TA make impromptu masks for Mardi Gras. Our athletes have been very busy these past weeks studying hard and doing research for their modules. But, as all good athletes, they have made time for their training sessions (even if this required [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:54+00:00 March 10th, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on Turkana-lympics – Long jump, Balls of Doum, and Turkana Faces

Do like a chimp do – the archaeology module gets off to a cracking start

We are now down to the last two modules of this Spring's field school. It's been a wonderful journey so far; and the students have now been joined by Dr. Sonia Harmand, who is teaching the penultimate module - Archaeology. On Monday, the students learned what archaeology is all about and discussed the ultimate question: [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:55+00:00 March 6th, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on Do like a chimp do – the archaeology module gets off to a cracking start

The Taphonomy Experiment

Last Spring semester Dr. Fortelius, Dr. Meave Leakey and the TBI students initiated a simple taphonomy experiment. They started off with the exciting task of smashing Mary Leakey's crockery into small pieces, which were then buried at different levels within the TBI compound. Here is the link to the blog post:  http://www.turkanabasin.org/2013/03/paleontology-off-to-a-smashing-start/. Taphonomy is the study [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:55+00:00 March 4th, 2014|Field Schools|Comments Off on The Taphonomy Experiment