fieldcampAustralian Palaeoanthropological, Palaeontological & Geoarchaeological Field School @ the Drimolen Hominin bearing Palaeocave (South Africa) (with LaTrobe University, Melbourne)

Drimolen palaeocave is one of the richest hominin bearing deposit in South Africa and has yielded fossils of Paranthropus robustus, early Homo and a wealth of other species, including a vast collection of non-human primates. The site has also yielded evidence for early bone tool use and has an Oldowan-like archaeological assemblage dated to between 2.0 and 1.4 Ma. Every years excavations at Drimolen Main Quarry have recovered a hominin fossil and 2013 and 2014 were no exception with fieldschool students uncovering adult and baby Paranthropus robustus teeth from the cave.  In 2014 students also helped open up a new deposit containing a wealth of articulated partial skeletons, the Drimolen Makondo, a deposit that is thought to be an older Pliocene accumulation.