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Kenya 2012: The Mpala Team

By: Erika Hoffman

Here at Mpala, we are accompanied by a group of extremely intelligent, kind and patient people who have dedicated large portions of their lives and time to contributing to the advancement of archaeological and anthropological knowledge.  This mix-matched group of people combines to form an excellent team that features different strengths and focused areas of […]

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Kenya 2012: Mpala Research Centre and Wildlife Foundation

By: Erika Hoffman

For someone who has never participated in an on-site research trip for archaeology/anthropology in a foreign place, the Mpala Research Centre and Wildlife Foundation facilities were not what I was expecting.  Not only are the accommodations comparable, if not fancier, than the apartment where I was living last semester, but the common dining area and […]

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Magic in the Ancient World

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