20
Apr
15

erc statistics

East Anglia is a good place to be…

“The 10 most attractive [macro-regions] for ERC grantees are the region of Île-de-France (which encompasses the Parisian metropolitan area), Inner London, East Anglia (which encompasses Cambridgeshire), the Lake Geneva region (which encompasses the Swiss cantons of Geneva, Vaud and Valais), the region of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, the metropolitan region of Zurich, the autonomous community of Catalonia, the administrative region of Upper Bavaria (which encompasses the city of Munich), the province of South Holland (which includes in its territory the cities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam), and the region of Rhône-Alpes (which encompasses the metropolitan area of Lyon). Within the group of … regions with more than 20 grantees, the highest aggregate success rates were attained by three Swiss regions, those of Northwestern Switzerland (with a success rate of almost 30 %), Lake Geneva and Zurich, East Anglia, the administrative region of Upper Bavaria, the region of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, Île-de-France, Inner London, and the provinces of North Holland and Gelderland (with a success rate of more than 15 %)”

Annual Report on the ERC activities and achievements in 2014, page 46

19
Apr
15

new publication

See the forthcoming issue of Journal of African Archaeology to discover more about past ironworking in Dendi…

Iron Production in Northern Benin: Excavations at Kompa Moussékoubou. 

Caroline Robion-Brunner, Anne Haour, Marie-Pierre Coustures, Louis Champion & Didier Béziat

This paper focuses on the habitation and archaeometallurgical site we investigated in 2013 near Kompa. We had chosen to test pit this site because in our 2011 survey we’d found both pottery and iron-working remains dotted about this area, an unusual combination. Find out what we learnt here: Preview_Robion-Brunner-etal-JAA13-1-2015

One thing I did for this paper was the pottery.

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For information on other publications, search this blog for posts with the tag ‘Publication’.

16
Apr
15

drawing pots

Since autumn 2013 we have been sending the finest of our pots over to Brussels for professional illustration, but some items are so large they just could not travel. Accordingly, for the past week we have had Anja S here in Norwich, drawing some of the Crossroads materials.

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27 items were drawn in all. They ranged from very large vessels to potsherds, and David K, who has been working on a lot of that material, sat in for one session.

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20
Mar
15

global medieval 2

Back in Oxford for the final meeting of the Defining the Global Middle Ages workshop, following on from Birmingham, Newcastle and Oxford.The theme this time is ‘bringing your results to audiences beyond academia’ and I’ll be talking about the Crossroads exhibition which closed recently, and the comments we had from visitors about what they learnt through the exhibition. I’ll draw also on what I learnt through working with schoolchildren a few years back.

12
Mar
15

cotonou, 6-8 march

The end of project workshop went very well, with some 15 papers.

The opening, attended by Université Abomey Calavi’s vice-chancellor, the faculty dean, the head of the archaeology lab and the head of the department of history and archaeology, involved two presentations and a musical interlude.

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Papers followed all through the Saturday and, on the Sunday, a round table on heritage.

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Here is some local press coverage.

Refreshments were taken in the delightful setting of the Botanical Gardens of Université Abomey Calavi.

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On dit à tout le monde à la prochaine fois.

06
Mar
15

Karimama, 3 march

The final restitution session was in Karimama, involving all the village chiefs and authorities from the area. As in previous sessions, Didier, Olivier and I spoke, and the leaflets (see an earlier post with the PDF of these) and images served as useful visual supports. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA At the end of the session we distributed leaflets to those attending so that they could distribute them in their communities. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We’re getting a reputation; last week in Guene someone approached us for comment on some lithics they had found while digging a well. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

02
Mar
15

and otherwise

It hasn’t been sessions in dusty meeting rooms, of course.

An impromptu roadside discussion about cowrie shells and other shells

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We took the opportunity, along the Monsey Dendi to Karimama road, to take a pirogue trip along the Niger

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Here is the site of Tin Tin Kanza, cut by the road, and now we’re wondering whether it was ever a shell midden

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Gorouberi, with copious and large pieces of pottery in an erosion gully.

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Three test pits were done here over 2013 and 2014 and it turns out that it is our second-oldest site. The modern settlement, just visible in the trees in far distance, was tested by Ali’s team last year and on the evidence obtained is 800 years younger than the mound in its vicinity.

We ended the day in a venue that regular readers will recognise, the bar in Karimama.

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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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