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Olorgesailie 2011 Field Season

2011 Field Blog

Day 40 (August 4, 2011): Closing Kampi Safi, the Start of Season 2, and Acknowledgements

Posted on August 4, 2011 - 12:00am by Rick Potts
portrait of Francis Ndiritu

August 4, 2011

The day started like any other day, with breakfast at 6:45. This morning the camp cooks made us a special farewell treat – French toast! – to go with our usual piece of papaya and coffee and tea.

After breakfast, we went to our respective tents and spent the next hour packing up belongings.  Within a few hours, the tents had been collapsed, neatly folded, and stowed away. Several truckloads were taken to the Site Museum, where we store some research equipment and tables. The kitchen was... Read more

Day 39 (August 3, 2011): Closing BOK-2

Posted on August 3, 2011 - 12:00am by Rick Potts
Two women in a shaded area of the research camp, stand on opposite sides of a table sorting through many labeled plastic ziploc bags

August 3, 2011

Alison, John, Katie, and Wambua work to the last minute of the excavations at BOK-2.After a very productive season of over 2000 artifacts, it’s time to wrap up the excavations at BOK-2.  At one point, it seemed like the artifacts would never stop coming, no matter how far the team dug. Eventually, the excavators hit the grey tuff – you may recall (on Day 27) , Kay helped us determine that the grey tuff is part of an older layer (Member 9 of the Olorgesailie Formation). The team has now reached... Read more

Day 38 (August 2, 2011): Rahab and the Phytoliths

Posted on August 2, 2011 - 12:00am by Rick Potts
Young woman in blue jeans, dark shirt and a hat sits high above on the top step of the geologic trench holding geological hammer

August 2, 2011

Paleobotanist, Rahab KinyanjuiWe’re in our last few days of the field season, but research is still going full speed ahead. Joining us for these last few days is our Kenyan friend and paleobotanist, Ms. Rahab Kinyanjui.

Rahab was born and raised in Nakuru, Kenya. She attended primary school in Nakuru and high school in Thika.  Her science interests soared at the Kenyan Polytechnic, where she did a dissertation studying the archeology, pollen analysis, and reconstruction... Read more