A Voice From the Cave: Lee Berger on the NG Weekend Radio Show

Over the course of the three-week-long Rising Star Expedition in November, Lee Berger posted individual updates by the minute on Twitter, and we had blog posts and videos almost daily, revealing chapters of the story right as they happened.

Now that the field season has wrapped there’s been time to look back and see the story as a whole, from Pedro Boshoff’s original commission to seek out new fossil sites in the caves of the Cradle of Humankind, to the phenomenal final tally of more than a thousand hominid fossil elements discovered and identified.

On the latest episode of the National Geographic Weekend radio show hosted by Boyd Matson, Lee finally speaks at length, telling the story of the expedition from start to finish.

Part One Listen here.

Part Two Listen here.


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Meet the Author
Andrew Howley is a longtime contributor to the National Geographic blog, with a particular focus on archaeology and paleoanthropology generally, and ancient rock art in particular. In 2018 he became Communications Director at Adventure Scientists, founded by Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish. Over 11 years at the National Geographic Society, Andrew worked in various ways to share the stories of NG explorers and grantees online. He also produced the Home Page of nationalgeographic.com for several years, and helped manage the Society's Facebook page during its breakout year of 2010. He studied Anthropology with a focus on Archaeology from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. He has covered expeditions with NG Explorers-in-Residence Mike Fay, Enric Sala, and Lee Berger. His personal interests include painting, running, and reading about history. You can follow him on Twitter @anderhowl and on Instagram @andrewjhowley.