Exploring the Human Past: An Odyssey in Time, Space, and Evolution
This course will explore the record of human prehistory through the lens of scientists and explorers. A central theme in our approach is for each class to transcend time, meshing prehistory, history, and modern-day scientific investigations. Working from our own research in the West Turkana Archaeological Project (Kenya), we will link this to an historical perspective of research by luminaries including Louis and Mary Leakey, F. Clark Howell, and Glynn Isaac. Modern-day and historical investigations will be further linked by their shared theme of exploration, as forays back into the wild African savanna from which our ancestors emerged.