Topic ID #36288 - posted 10/25/2015 5:38 AM

The Geoarchaeology & Paleoanthropology Field School @ the Drimolen Hominin site, S. Africa


Drimolen palaeocave is the third richest richest hominin bearing deposit in South Africa and has yielded fossils of Paranthropus robustus, early Homo and a wealth of other species, including a vast collection of non-human primatesThe site has also yielded evidence for early bone tool use. Excavations will again be taking place at Drimolen in collaboration between La Trobe University Department of Archaeology and History, the Centre for Anthropological Research at the University of Joahnnesburg and the Dept. Anatomy and Developmental Biology at Monash University. Excavations will be directed by Assoc. Professor Andy Herries and Dr Colin Menter and will take place June 26- July 16th 2016.  The 2013, 2014 and 2015 field school excavations were a tremendous success and have yielded hominin remains, bone tools and an extensive array of fossils, including articulated partial skeletons. The field school has a focus on Hominin Palaeobiology, Quaternary African palaeontology and how to excavate bone as well as geoarchaeological and geophysical applications, although the 2015 field school will have an increasing focus on the early stone age archaeological record. Current student projects associated with the school can be viewed on the staff and student page and in 2015 we hope to have a further 5 studentships open as part of the project at LTU and Monash. Costs apply and for information about attending the field school please see the following websites and e-mail Prof Herries.


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