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Digging Deep at Dmanisi
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Members of an archaeology team ponder the prehistoric secrets buried in one of several pits they are excavating near Dmanisi, a medieval village in the republic of Georgia. Reid Ferring, who has spent nine field seasons working at Dmanisi, describes the site as a layer cake, with each layer representing a span in time. The stone walls at the top of the site date back to the fourth century A.D., but Ferring and his colleagues are most interested in the site's deepest layer, where they have unearthed the remains of hominins that died here 1.77 million years ago. This evidence suggests that human ancestors made their way out of Africa earlier than scientists had once believed.

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm, f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/11

Weather Conditions: Warm and sunny
Time of Day: Late morning
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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