Chiseling out a career Kindle travels to Africa for dig

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Canton resident Katie Kindle spent the summer excavating at a field school in Tanzania, Africa, chiseling through rock at the Olduvai Gorge. Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania is an ancient hominid archaeological site, with occupations dated to 1.8 million years ago.

Katie graduated from Canton High School in 2013 and University of Texas at Austin in 2017, with a bachelor’s degree in biology with a certificate in public health. After graduation, she said she wanted to take a bit of time away from school before heading to graduate school.

“Although I have a degree in biology, I never had an interest in being a medical doctor. I thought I wanted to go into public health, infectious diseases, but I had to take a human biology class. That class sparked my interest in anthropology. I started to read numerous books on the subject, just for fun,” said Katie. 

At 22, Katie said she felt “a little young” to begin applying for graduate school and Ph.D. programs and wanted to gain experience and confirm her choice of a career.

“I applied for a field school program, and at first I wasn’t thinking I was going to do it since it was such a big trip. But in December 2016, I found out that I was accepted.”

Katie had applied for the program without telling her parents, Casey and Maurita Kindle.

“I didn't tell them simply because I really just had no idea if I was even going to do it or not and there was no application fee so I figured hey why not. But, they knew how interested I was in anthropology, and at that point, they agreed to let me go. My dad was pretty cool with it, he is into science and was a bit jealous. My mom was a bit nervous about it, but my sister had traveled to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro a few years ago. So, she had some exposure to Africa. Also, the program is well-established, so I think that helped them agree to the trip.” 

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