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Summer Virtual Travel Series: Saudi Arabia

July 7, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

You’re invited to join our virtual “Summer Travel Series” and explore fascinating archaeological and primate research sites with Leakey Foundation scientists as your guides.

Support a good cause while you learn from top experts, tour places the public will never get to visit, and “Zoom” to the far corners of the world from the comfort of your own home.

Virtual tours will take place on June 25, July 7, and August 26. All proceeds from this series will go towards the Primate Research Fund.

Registration is limited. Use the registration form below to reserve your spot.


July 7 – Saudi Arabia

The second event in the Summer Travel Series will give you an overview of new research on the ecosystems of the Arabian Peninsula. You will explore the earliest known Arabian archaeological sites and learn about the prehistory of the Arabian Peninsula with Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Michael Petraglia.


About Michael Petraglia

Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Michael Petraglia is Professor of Human Evolution and Prehistory at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany and Principal Investigator of the Palaeodeserts Project. Dr. Petraglia’s archaeological research is interdisciplinary and has centered on subjects concerning human evolution, including the evolution of cognition, the evolution of behavior, and the relations between climate change and hominin dispersals. 

He has conducted archaeological field projects in Africa and Asia, primarily in the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian subcontinent. Dr. Petraglia has authored and co-edited nine books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters.



About the tour

• The tour will begin at 10 am Pacific with a presentation by master falconer Kate Marden who will provide a glimpse inside the ancient hunting tradition of falconry in Saudi Arabia. Kate has been a falconer since 1998 and she is the founder of West Coast Falconry, a falconry center based in California.

• Dr. Petraglia will give a presentation about his research and lead you on a virtual tour of prehistoric archaeological sites.

• Following the presentation, you will have the opportunity to interact with the presenters in a lively question and answer session.



Donate to register

The Summer Travel Series is a fundraiser for the Primate Research Fund, a fund that provides emergency grants to long-term primate field research sites.

This funding supports local communities while ensuring continuity of data collection.

All donations will be quadruple-matched by Anne and Jeff Maggioncalda and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

Ticket Types

$200 Donation
July 7 and August 26 programs

• Two curated boxes of regional treats mailed to your home*
• Zoom access to two live programs
• Video replay links for three recorded programs
• Opportunity to engage with world-class scholars
• Your tax-deductible donation is quadrupled
• 100% of your donation goes to the Primate Research Fund

$100 Donation
for July 7 or August 26

• One curated box of regional treats mailed to your home *
• Zoom access to the live event
• Video replay link for the recorded program
• Opportunity to engage with world-class scholars
• Your tax-deductible donation is quadrupled
• 100% of your donation goes to the Primate Research Fund

*Treat boxes are only available for U.S. addresses. Delivery is by USPS and delivery before the event date is not guaranteed.

$30 Donation

• Online links for all three program videos (one week after each live event).
Your tax deductible donation is quadrupled
• 100% of your donation goes to the Primate Research Fund

Registration Form

Summer Virtual Travel Series Registration
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July 7, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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