Welcome to the field!

The Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University conducts, interprets, and publicizes scientific research on the human career. Part of our mission is to further knowledge through field research.

One of our most exciting field sites is at Mossel Bay, South Africa where an international group of scientists and students are engaged in an archaeological excavation in a group of caves along the rugged South African coastline. Several of ASU’s students have agreed to give us a peek into daily life in the field. Thank you to Ben, Amy, and now Simen and please comment or ask questions that they might be able to answer. The lead researcher for the Mossel Bay site is IHO Associate Director Curtis Marean, who wrote the cover featured story for Scientific American in August 2010, which had an accompanying interactive website at http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=interactive-seas-saved-humanity.

We also hear from a doctoral student, Lynn Copes, at  IHO’s other field research site—the “Lucy” site at Hadar, Ethiopia—as she traveled with IHO Director Bill Kimbel in the winter of 2011. The trip yielded quite a significant find for the team, which Professor Kimbel will be writing about in the future.

And, we have recently added amazing entries from doctoral student Samantha Russak who is working in the wilds of Tanzania studying the environment that chimpanzees are living in—all from a tent hours away from “civilization”!

For more information about the Institute of Human Origins, go to iho.asu.edu or specifically to the webpage about field sites and schools at iho.asu.edu/fieldsites.

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