I came to Arusha over a week ago to attend the East African Association of Palaeoanthropology and Palaeontology Conference.
It was incredible.
It was inspiring – and intimidating – incredibly, intimidatingly, inspiring.
Richard Leakey gave the opening address; the conference was, in honour of the 50th anniversary of Mary Leakey’s discovery of the Zinjanthropus fossil. Thursday we made a pilgrimage to the exact site it was found, in Oldupai Gorge. Monday to Wednesday we sat in a freezing room in the basement of a generic hotel listening to many of the most famous scientists in the discipline.
“This conference is going to be very well attended. You’re going to get to meet some amazing people,” the archaeologist (rock art researcher, with whom I’d come to volunteer) told me earlier in the week. It was… Continue reading