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Turkana Basin Institute Origins Field School (Field education programs held every spring, summer, and fall term.)
Field Study in Africa
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Location of Site: KENYA, Lake Turkana Basin, northern Kenya

Director: Lawrence Martin
Phone: 631-632-5800   E-Mail:
N507 Social & Behavioral Sciences, Stony Brook, New York 11794-4364 UNITED STATES
Department: Anthropology
Institution: Stony Brook University

Sponsoring Institution(s): Stony Brook University

Research Objectives: Now, TBI is proud to offer unique full-semester and summer field school programs through Stony Brook. The programs address the place that humans occupy in the natural world and how we came to occupy that place. Participants gain hands-on experience in field survey and excavation methods, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, taphonomy and more, and will take field trips to important paleontological and archaeological sites, diverse ecological settings, and remarkable geological features throughout the Turkana Basin.

Field Positions and Volunteers: Semester Abroad Program:
This full-semester program is comprised of five, 3-credit courses at the upper division or graduate level, and is offered each spring and fall semester. Participants will earn 15 upper-division credits while they explore and learn in the very place where the Leakey family and their colleagues have made, and continue to make, unprecedented discoveries into our very origins.

Summer Program:
Our new summer program is comprised of three, 3-credit courses at the upper division or graduate level, and is offered every summer. Participants earn at least nine upper-division credits and will work directly with leading scientists at active hominin fossil localities and archaeological excavations, such as at Lomekwi 3 (the oldest stone tool site in the world).

Last Updated: 2016-04-04

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