SUNY Stony Brook: Kenya - Field School in the Turkana Basin

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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, ... read more

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A student studying abroad with SUNY Stony Brook: Kenya - Field School in the Turkana Basin
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 View Entire Review

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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, through Stony Brook. 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 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.

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).


Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geography
  • Environmental Science
  • Archeology
  • Anthropology
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
Year Founded:
2011
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