Kariandusi prehistoric site is among the first discoveries of the Lower Paleolithics sites in East Africa, there is enough geological evidence to show that in the past, large lakes, sometimes reaching levels hundreds of meters higher than the present Lake Nakuru and Elementaita occupied the basin. Dating back between 700,000 to 1 million years old, Kariandusi is possibly the first Acheulian site safari to have been found in Situ in East Africa, Dr. Leaky a renowned paleontologist, believed that this was a factory site of the Acheulian period, he made this conclusion after numerous collections of the specimen were found lying in the Kariandusi riverbed.
Dr. Louis Leaky was a graduate of St. Johns College in Cambridge and he had the best grades in his class in 1926, because of his brilliance, Dr. Leaky was a warded a research grant by St John’s College for an East African Archaeological Expedition. John Leaky used the grant to fund the research the kariandusi Prehistorical site along with other sites and this was John Leaky’s first site for his research included Olduvia Gorge, Lake Victoria and many more, After Leaky, J.A.J.Gowlett and R.G. Crompton co-led a fourth expedition in 1974, and this was the major excavation endeavor at the Kariandusi prehistoric site.
Kariandusi Museum is an archaeological site in Kenya, based on the southern edge of the Great Rift Valley and on the Lake Elmenteita, Kariandusi is an African Early Stone Age site dating approximately 1 million years ago. Kariandusi museum is a state corporation that monitors national Kenyans museums and monuments, including the Kariandusi. A museum was built at Kariandusi near the prehistorical site, with a stairway going down to where the hand axes were discovered, the Kariandusi museum also addresses several other nearby historical sites as well. The historical site located in the central Kenya, Nakuru County is an archaeological site that holds historical items and records for the lower Paleolithic, one of the first lower Paleolithic sites to be discovered in East Africa.
The Kariandusi prehistoric site do not have exhaustive list of all the items that were found there, because at the time of its expedition, all the items that were discovered at the site were sent to the different museums in the world and at which most of them were not recorded at that moment.
Kariandusi prehistoric site was used at the factory for the Acheulean hand axes because of the huge amount of hand axes at Kariandusi, it is believed that the hand axes at kariandusi, it is said that those hand axes were made then sent out to different communities around Kariandusi, then it is said that when Lake Elmenteita water levels exceed normal about a million years ago, the water washed the hand axes to Kariandusi and the all the axes were deposited there to this day, and the site has no debris from the hand axes manufacturing so the factory theory is highly disputed.
Kariandusi pre historic site is such amazing and a great one in that the site, is such a historic wonderful one that gives the visitors the chance to explore and experience the several historical remains that are kept in the Kariandusi museum, during a safari to the Kariandusi pre historical site you can explore the several prehistorical features that includes the stone tools, fossils that is the diatomite which is a large deposit made up from the skeletons of billions of single celled organisms that is algae or phytoplankton it is about 85% pure silica, the material which makes up quartz sand the diatomite has been mined at Kariandusi since a survey mapped the deposits inn 1950, hand axes, volcanic glass knives, nearby wells for mining diatomite and many more others.
The Kariandusi pre historic site is amongst the first discoveries of the Lower Paleolithic sites in East Africa, there is enough geological evidence to show that in the past, large lakes, sometimes reaching levels hundreds of meters higher than the present Lake Nakuru and Elementaita, occupied the basin.
Kariandusi prehistoric site, is the great and amazing site, in that it is both a tourism safari destination and education Centre in that the guides do lead and encourage you to learn a lot about the stone age period and you to enjoy the site spectacular elements including the designs, ambiance not only that at the site you can enjoy various the birding safari, nature walks and many more especially at Lake Elementeita and Lake Nakuru.