Kariandusi prehistoric site is an archaeological site in Kenya. Located on the southeastern edge of the Great Rift Valley and on Lake Elmenteita, Kariandusi is an African Early Stone Age site, dating to, roughly, 1 million years ago.
This site was discovered by Louis Leakey in a 1928 expedition in the exposed Kariandusi riverbed. Leakey graduated St. John's College, Cambridge in 1926 with some of the best grades in his graduating class. Due to his success, St. John's awarded Leakey a research grant for his first East African Archaeological Expedition. Using funds for his Expedition, Leakey was able to finance three separate trips to the site (in 1928, 1931, and 1946) and several trip to his other research destinations, like Olduvai Gorge, Lake Victoria, etc... After Leakey, J.A.J. Gowlett and R.G. Crompton co-led a fourth expedition in 1974, and this was the last major excavation endeavor at the Kariandusi prehistoric site. However, there have been several research projects concerning the Kariandusi Prehistoric Site.
The National Museums of Kenya is a state corporation that monitors national Kenyan museums and monuments, including Kariandusi. A museum was built at Kariandusi near the prehistoric site, with a stairway going down to where the handaxes were discovered. However, the Kariandusi Museum does not cater just towards the prehistoric site, but also towards several other nearby historic sites as well.
Diatomite Mining Site
Monumental Church Building