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Olorgesailie 1999 Field Season

1999 Field Blog

A Final Word From Our Team

Posted on July 19, 1999 - 1:00am by Rick Potts
Olorgesailie 1999 Crew

A Final Word From Our Team

We have really enjoyed the opportunity to bring a bit of our research at Olorgesailie to you through this web site. While the dispatches for this field season stop today, excavations are going to continue through the last week of August. By the end of the season, we will have completed the excavations at the sites you have become familiar with (extending Site B7/8-1, hoping to solve the interesting puzzles it presents, tracing the interesting stone cobbles... Read more

1999 Field Season: Day 25

Posted on July 19, 1999 - 12:00am by Rick Potts
Dr. Rick Potts and two transit team members.

July 19, 1999

Several teams of three were assigned to dig geologic trenches today as part of our continuing effort to understand in detail the structural and sedimentary history of the Olorgesailie Basin. While our excavation trenches tend not to be very deep (we try to dig through the least amount of overburden as possible), geologic trenches often climb the entire hillside, and we try to pick the tallest slopes that will crosscut the most amount of sediment. Also, while excavation trench sizes (length and... Read more

1999 Field Season: Day 24

Posted on July 18, 1999 - 12:00am by Rick Potts
Sunset over the western wall of the Rift Valley.

July 18, 1999

Today we decided that a trip to Magadi was in order; every so often it is nice to get out of camp and take an afternoon trip. Magadi is a town roughly 45 km to the south and west of our site. It is located on the shores of Lake Magadi, a "soda lake," or lake that is highly alkaline (the opposite of acidic). People have long taken advantage of this natural resource, and there is a factory in Magadi that produces soda ash (Na2CO3). Soda, as it is generally called, is used as an ingredient in many... Read more