Consolidating the Future Through Mastering the Deep Past

I have partnered with the Turkana Basin Institute, the National Museums of Kenya, the French Institute for Research in Africa, and the French Embassy in Nairobi to organize this initiative which will serve to improve access to palaeosciences for young Kenyan students and raise awareness of Turkana’s prehistoric archaeological heritage awareness among the wider Kenyan public. This program, funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, will work to strengthen and improve the Turkana University College’s Masters program in Evolutionary Biology, provide training and certification for local guides in archaeology, and conduct awareness programs in local Turkana primary and secondary schools. There will also be a travelling photographic exhibition chronicling the discovery, study, and scientific impact of the 3.3 million year old stone tools from the site of Lomekwi 3.

News Coverage:

Turkana University College Joins Prehistoric Archeological Project — Kenya News Agency

For the last few years I have helped to organize an archaeology station at Stony Brook’s CommUniversity Day, where children and their parents can learn about archaeology, human evolution, and the Turkana Basin Institute. This event is open to all community members, alumni, employees and other friends, and is designed to highlight the campus through hands-on, interactive activities, fun entertainment, and thought-provoking mini-talks. Our booth gives kids of all ages a chance to make their first archaeological discovery, whether it be a stone tool or a hominin fossil.

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