Professor Michael Rogers is an archaeologist who has been undertaking fieldwork in East Africa since 1990. He completed his Ph.D. in 1997 by taking a landscape approach to the 1.5 million-year-old archaeological record at Koobi Fora, Kenya. Since then, he has worked at Koobi Fora, Kenya on 1.5 million-year-old modified fossil bones sites, at Laetoli, Tanzania on 2.7 million-year-old deposits, and at Gona, Ethiopia on various 2.6-0.3 million-year-old sites. In 2000, he discovered the oldest archaeological site in the world containing both stone tools and fossil bones at Gona. Dr. Rogers has led several paleoanthropological field schools and student expeditions to each of these sites over the last 15 years. He has also supervised work at Archaic period sites in the greater New Haven area.
At Southern Connecticut State University, Dr. Rogers has taught Archaeology and the Human Past, Biological Anthropology, Archaeological Methods, African Prehistory, Stones & Bones, Archaeological Fact & Fiction, Evidence of Human Evolution, and various Honors College and freshmen seminars. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1999-2000, teaching at the University of Nairobi. Presently, he chairs the Department of Anthropology at Southern.
Archaeologist Michael Rogers, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Southern Connecticut State University, discusses some of the oldest tools found in the fossil record. Dr. Rogers gives us an overview of our hominid history and explains how we moved from a chimp-like ancestor to modern homo sapiens.
Below, Dr. Rogers at his field site in Ethiopia.