Jambo and welcome to the Spring 2019 TBI Origins Field School! My name is Lucia Nadal and I am the Resident Academic Director for this program. Together with our TA, Petra Peretin, I will be accompanying the students throughout the next ten weeks, making sure that they have an unforgettable learning experience. The students arrived [...]
Professor Ian McDougall, whose work was integral in the dating of Turkana Basin fossils, passed away on November 10, 2018.
Our last week at TBI was an eventful one, with a lot of things to finish up before we packed up and came back home. We took a trip to Central Island, learned a great deal about human evolution, visited an important paleontological site, and had a goat roast. After a restful day last Saturday, [...]
A groundbreaking study has found the earliest and largest monumental cemetery in eastern Africa built 5,000 years ago by early pastoralists living around Lake Turkana, Kenya. This group is believed to have lived without major inequalities and hierarchies, contradicting long-standing narratives about the origins of early civilizations. The study, led by Elisabeth Hildebrand, PhD, Department [...]
Welcome to part two of our Lomekwi journey! During the second week, we went on a day trip to Nariokotome, went swimming in the lake, and spent more time at the site. The last blog post left off on Saturday the 4thof August. On Sunday we had a rest day, and so decided to take [...]
Welcome back, it’s been a while! We have had a great time at the Lomekwi research and survey area over the past twelve days. In the first week, we learned a lot about the earliest stone tools, human evolution, and learned more about excavation. We spent time at the Lomekwi 3 archaeological site and excavated [...]
It’s been a productive week here at TBI! The last part of the archaeology module was all about learning how to excavate a site, and we were lucky enough to participate in an archaological dig with the Later Prehistory of West Turkana (LPWT) team. The site we’re working at, Nakwaperit 2, is thought to be [...]
Welcome back! We’ve had an exciting week. Our last few days at the Mpala research center were spent learning more about the savanna ecosystem surrounding us, and about the community that is a dynamic part of the ecosystem. Wednesday morning, we went with Pat Milligan of the University of Florida to the greenhouses at Mpala [...]