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Day 16 (July 11, 2011): The Olorgesailie Site Museum
July 11, 2011
Wish you could come visit Olorgesailie in person? Well, you can! The Olorgesailie Site Museum, operated by the National Museums of Kenya, is open to visitors year round. This open-air museum contains several bandas (thatched huts) as well as a camping space for visitors to stay at very reasonable rates. Tours of the sites originally dug under the direction of Dr. Louis Leakey and Dr. Glynn Isaac can also be arranged through the Museum guides. (visit the the Museum website for more info)
Visitors first walk into a building that has a view of the Rift Valley in the distance and a series of displays inside regarding handaxes, geology, fauna, and hominin remains. The Chinese geologists had many interesting questions, expecially about the handaxes. They seemed to like the idea when I referred to early human toolmakers as ‘the first geologists’ – they did indeed know a lot about rocks!
After lunch Alison took our visitors for a walk to an area where several different Middle Stone Age sites have been dug over the past decade by our Smithsonian team. From the photo, you can see that everyone had a good time seeing the landscape and discussing the research.