This blog has been set up to chart the activities and research findings of an European Research Council-funded project led by Anne Haour, an archaeologist from the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom.
The project is called Crossroads of empires: archaeology, material culture and socio-political relationships in West Africa, and it will run until 2015.
We are a team of archaeologists, historians and anthropologists who will be studying the Niger Valley where it borders Niger and Bénin, carrying out new excavations and research in order to shed more light on the people that inhabited the area between about 1200 and 1850 AD. We are hoping to find evidence of the activities of skilled craftspeople such as potters, blacksmiths and dyers, and to explore how their work and daily life were affected by the polities that occupied this landscape in the last millennium.
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