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Archaeology & Anthropology Field Schools

Africa - Kenya - Turkana Basin Institute Origins Field School - 2016

Africa - Kenya - Turkana Basin Institute Origins Field School - 2016

Multiple Sessions Yes
Multiple Session information

Our Origins Field School programs are available every year for Spring, Summer, and Fall sessions.

Archaeology Field School Location

Turkana Basin, Kenya

Archaeology Field School Tuition and Credits

Sponsoring College/Institution

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY

Academic Credit

At least 15 for semester program; at least 9 for summer program. Students in either program may also perform research projects in an Independent Study course for additional credits.

Additional Information on Tution/Room and Board/Travel Costs

Please see costs for our Semester Abroad Program here:

Please see costs for our Summer Program here:

Archaeology Field School Description

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).

Archaeology Field School Additional Information

Time Period

The Turkana Basin provides the opportunity to explore paleontological and archaeological sites dated from over three million years ago to just a few thousand years old.

How is the project area accessed each day

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.

Number of years this Archaeology Field School has been in operation

Directors and Instructors

Dr. Richard Leakey, FRS
Dr. Lawrence Martin
Dr. Jason Lewis

Specialized skills you will have the opportunity to learn

Field survey and excavation methods, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, taphonomy

On rain days will there be lab work?

Yes, there is great opportunity for lab work on the odd days without sun.

Will there be additional organized activities?

Students do have free time, which can be spent in a wide variety of interesting ways.

Archaeology Field School Contact Information and Website

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Field School Contact Information

Alicia DeRosalia
Senior Staff Assistant
Turkana Basin Institute
Stony Brook University
N-507 Social and Behavioral Sciences
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4364 USA

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