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Hometown: Mountain Home, Idaho
To Kylie Bermensolo, the idea of spending the summer in East Africa sounded like an adventure of a lifetime. And after doing just that, she says, “It was!”
Pursuing an anthropology degree with an art minor, Bermensolo traveled to Tanzania to study rock art in the Yaida Valley, which is home to the Hadza tribe. Funded in part by the University of Idaho Student Research Grants, Bermensolo says the trip was beneficial academically, professionally and personally.
“I was able to develop as an archaeologist and anthropologist, while also enjoying the beautiful parks, wildlife and peoples," she says. "I spent a lot of time learning about the wildlife and culture of Tanzania, as well as networking with professionals in the fields of archaeology and anthropology.”
Bermensolo feels she made a real contribution to the field of archaeology by locating, recording and photographing rock art sites.
“They have no memory of where these sites came from or what they mean, but they are quickly disappearing," she notes. "Being less popular then other sites such as the Kondoa rock art, these are not well recorded.”
Bermensolo will enhance her photographs using DStretch, a technology for enhancing rock art developed in Tanzania. She says the technology “will help her fully record the rock art for others to see, enjoy, and look into the mysterious past of a long forgotten people in the land where our very ancestors originated.”