We have just finished our first week of archaeology, and it's been quite an eventful week.
|Above, fully skinned palm nuts. Below, my hammer and anvil|
|An acheulean handaxe|
|Aiyangiyeng before the storm|
|I couldn't take any pictures because my hand was too wet to touch my camera, but here's a picture of a similar rain storm that hit the compound on Wednesday.|
According to our professor, this has been the most rain that she's ever seen in this region, and she's worked here for 13 years!
|Wes giving me his best caveman face and showing off his work|
After spending the day banging fingers and hitting rocks, we put our tools to the test. In an effort to recreate what early man must have gone through, we butchered a goat using the tools that we made. I'll spare you the gory details, but suffice to say that our tools worked! Although I must say the thought of having to do that to a carcass while surrounded by hungry hyenas on the African savanna is still not appealing to me.
But the day didn't end there. Last night we went to a traditional Turkana dance. They didn't have any instruments, so all of the music was singing and clapping. Unfortunately, it was too dark to photograph, but a fun time was had for all.
Today, we went to see the witch doctor who owns most of the camels and donkeys in this area. He explained some of the finer points of the marriage ritual to us, and also offered thirty camels for an American girl! There weren't any takers.
|His camels returning for the night|
All in all, a pretty amazing week. This will be my last blog post from Kenya. Tomorrow, we're waking up extra early and taking a camping trip to Nariokotome. We're getting back on Wednesday and leaving TBI on Saturday morning. I'll tell you all about it when I get back.