The Turkana Basin Institute, a joint venture between renowned paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey and Stony Brook University, is proud to offer unique full-semester and summer field school programs, focused on human prehistory. ...
I gained many many professional contacts and friends from around the world on this program, something that I honestly wasn't expecting to happen on a program like this
- SUNY - Stony Brook
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I learned a lot about myself in terms of what types of experience I can handle. This program puts you in an extreme environment where you are around the same people all the time, there really is no privacy or true relief from the heat. I found ways to cope with this however, one was that having headphones is key, and also I woul...
- Brandeis University
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The Turkana Basin Institute, a joint venture between renowned paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Leakey and Stony Brook University, is proud to offer unique full-semester and summer field school programs, focused on human prehistory. The programs address the place that humans occupy in the natural world and how we came to occupy that place. Modules cover Ecology, Vertebrate Paleontology, Archaeology, Paleoanthropology, and Geology. Participants gain hands-on experience in ecological and paleontological field surveys, excavation methods, paleoenvironmental reconstruction, taphonomy and more, and will take field trips to the Kenyan wilderness including important paleontological and archaeological sites, diverse ecological settings, and remarkable geological features throughout the Turkana Basin.
The Semester Abroad 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. 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).