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1 posts from February 2017

02/16/2017

Hike to the Dawn of Mankind

Last weekend we went on a hike to some rock paintings located only 20 minutes from our study center. Experts estimate that they were painted 40,000 years ago. For some of our students it was the first time in local transportation called a daladala. The fare to anywhere in the city is 400 shillings (about 20 cents).

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After a 20-minute daladala ride, we started the short hike to the rock. A few curious kids followed us all the way up.

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When we got to the top, our guide explained that researchers think the drawings could be up to 40,000 years old. He also told us that they originally thought the pigment was made from animal blood and tree sap, but they recently found that it is actually a naturally occurring red mineral. 

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We then hiked a little higher to get a 360-degree view of Iringa and then down. 

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What a day!