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2004 Field Blog

2004 Field Season: Day 53

Posted on August 14, 2004 - 12:00am by Rick Potts
Loading up the artifacts

August 14, 2004

About midnight last night, the 14-ton lorry arrived in our camp. The drivers didn't want to wake anybody, so they slept inside the truck. Now it's about to be loaded with all our camping gear to take back to Nairobi. Although there's much to organize this morning, I'm amazed by how quickly our tent city has been dismantled. The kitchen is all packed up. The glassware's wrapped in newspaper for protection during the bumpy ride to Nairobi. And some of our extra food has been given to the local... Read more

2004 Field Season: Day 52

Posted on August 13, 2004 - 12:00am by Rick Potts
The hominin site

August 13, 2004

Whew! The last day of work for the season. It was tense, but all the sieving of sediment, closing down of excavations, recording of measurements, and packing of specimens has been completed. We're ready to roll to Nairobi tomorrow morning.

My last visit to an excavation today was to the hominin fossil site, the one from last year. We've now ended all the digging and sieving of loose sediment beneath the place of discovery, right down to the volcanic bedrock. As for the photo, I'd like to... Read more

2004 Field Season: Day 51

Posted on August 12, 2004 - 12:00am by Rick Potts
Covering CL1-1

August 12, 2004

It's after dinner; everyone else has turned out their kerosene lamps and has gone to bed. I'll stay up a little longer, and since I have a tent large enough to fit a small table (along with my mattress and a couple cases of clothing and papers on the floor), I can write to you for a little while. I have one lamp on the table fueled by kerosene, the other a headlamp powered by batteries. They give plenty of light to see the keyboard inside my tent on this windy, moonless night. The sky's full of... Read more