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sorting charcoal

Today, sorting samples of charcoal to send off to lab for radiocarbon dating.

Our initial investigation at BLaf involved just small-scale test-pitting so it is only worth submitting 3-4 samples this time round, to keep costs down. It is anticipated that one date will tell us a little about when the flooring we uncovered was laid, while another suite of three dates will give us a time depth for the occupation of the site, and check that the sequence runs more or less coherently.

Results by late October.

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We are a team of archaeologists, historians and anthropologists studying the Niger Valley where it borders Niger and Bénin (West Africa). We are carrying out new excavations and research to shed more light on the people that inhabited the area in the past 1500 years.

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This investigation is funded by the European Research Council as part of the Starting Independent Researcher Programme (Seventh Framework Programme – FP7); it is led by Dr Anne Haour of the University of East Anglia, UK. The opinions posted here are however her own!

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