A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of by Mike Morwood, Penny van Oosterzee

By Mike Morwood, Penny van Oosterzee

In October 2004, a crew of Australian and Indonesian anthropologists led via Mike Morwood and Raden Pandji Soejono shocked the realm with their statement of the invention of the 1st instance of a brand new species of human, Homo floresiensis, which they nicknamed the "Hobbit." This was once no production of Tolkien's fable, even if, yet a tool-using, fire-making, cooperatively looking individual. The extra Morwood and his colleagues printed concerning the locate, the extra excellent it grew to become: status simply 3 ft tall with brains a bit higher than a can of cola, the Hobbits compelled anthropologists and everybody to reassess what it ability to be human. Morwood's paintings was once no traditional educational workout. alongside the way in which he needed to tread warily throughout the cultural panorama of Indonesia—he has an embarrassing mishap with a few hard-to-chew pork—and he verified that usually the lifetime of a true archaeologist could be a bit like Indiana Jones's whilst he risked his neck in an ocean-going raft to adventure how old Indonesians may have navigated the archipelago. much more, Morwood needed to navigate the rock shoals of an archaeological paperwork that may be obtuse or even spiteful, and whilst the Hobbits turned embroiled in clinical controversy—as no locate of such significance may perhaps avoid—it proved effortless for Morwood to get approximately swamped with difficulty. unearths have been stolen and broken, and the backbiting was once fierce. however the mild of technological know-how, as soon as brightened, is tough to dim, and the tale of the indefatigable Morwood's struggle to guard his locate discovery is an notion.

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This increased the number of finds from the excavations tenfold. 38 | a new human Initially wet sieving was undertaken in the river—not good for the river or those using it downstream and this sieving strategy also resulted in loss of the clay, which we needed to make up when backfilling. In the new system, clay passed through the sieve and collected in the sump, which was cleaned out regularly and the washed clay allowed to dry. The stream of workers bringing buckets from Liang Bua for wet sieving then took back buckets of sieved, dried clay, which was used to backfill the excavations at the end of the field season.

There was a hurried exchange and David, whom we had picked up en route, got off the truck and hurriedly began walking back home. We were told that if he had gone to the site on that day there would have been serious trouble. Just how serious the trouble could have been became evident some weeks later in Ruteng, where I’d gone to the Wartel, the local telephone exchange, one night to phone Australia. The lobby of the exchange was full of people, some waiting for a telephone booth to become free, others just socializing.

After spending several days in Kupang, everything was in place and we set off to Flores to start our first season of work together at Liang Bua. 2 Stories from Cold Cave L iang Bua is a very easy site to work on. No long treks with heavy loads required. In Ruteng, just get on one of the trucks with plank seating, which serve as local transport for people, animals and goods, and after an hour on the rough but scenic road down to the village of Terus, you clamber off right at the cave entrance. The cave is about 50 meters wide and 20 meters high, but partially hidden by coffee trees.

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