Saturday 20 May 2017
Behind the scenes visit to Paleontology & Archaeology Sections of the National Museums of Kenya
9.30 am – 11.30 pm
Palaeontology Section is under the Earth Sciences department, one of the core research departments of the National Museums of Kenya. Kenya’s human fossil record dates back to the last 6 million years, making Kenya undisputably the oldest record holder and truly the Cradle of Mankind. We will get a rare opportunity to view replicas of Lucy, Zinjanthropus and Australopithecus, fossils of extinct carnivores, insects and plants, among other fossils and we get an opportunity to learn some of the significant similarities and differences between chimps and humans.
Archaeology Section. The archaeological collections at NMK were, obtained through professional excavation and the donations of enthusiasts since the 1920s. They consist of stone and bone artefacts, shell, pottery, faunal material as well as rock art reproductions. These collections cover all the important periods of human technological local and social development, from 3.6 million to 300 years ago. Collections from the Early Stone Age include the oldest artefacts in the world and reproduction of the oldest human footprints left more than 1.5 million years ago from the Turkana Basin. We will have a demonstration on how our ancestors made and used the stone tools.
We shall visit these two departments, guided by palaeontologists and archaeologists for each section.
KMS Members – Adult Ksh 1,050, Child Ksh 500
Guests – Adult Ksh 1,250, Child Ksh 650
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Book early, limited places available.
Proceeds made will go towards development of the Earth Sciences’ various projects.