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Drimolen Paleoanthropological Field School (2-23 July, 2014)

by Ed Hagen last modified Nov 02, 2013 02:18 AM
The joint University of Victoria-University of Johannesburg Field School in Paleoanthropology at the Drimolen fossil hominin site will be held from June 2-23, 2014. The field school is hosted at the fossil hominin site of Drimolen, South Africa and students receive credit for two archaeology courses. We are currently taking applications - deadline February 7, 2014.


The site of Drimolen was discovered in 1992 near Swartkrans and Sterkfontein in the "Cradle of Humankind" World Heritage Site. It is one of the richest fossil hominin sites in southern Africa, having produced over 100 hominin fossils representing Paranthropus robustus and early Homo. The Drimolen fossil site is unique in that has produced some of the youngest infant hominin fossils ever discovered in Africa. The site dates to approximately 2.0-1.5 million years ago and is incredibly rich in primate fossils. Fossil hominins have been recovered during most field seasons. Apart from excavation at the site we also visit the fossil hominin sites of Sterkfontein and Swartkrans and have the rare opportunity to see the original fossil hominins from these important sites.
More information can be found at:

http://anthropology.uvic.ca/undergraduate/field_schools.php

Or contact:

Dr. Helen Kurki
Department of Anthropology
University of Victoria
hkurki@uvic.ca

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