17
Jun
11

Bonjour à tous

This blog has been set up to chart the activities and research findings of an European Research Council-funded project led by Dr Anne Haour of the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

The project is called ‘Crossroads of empires: archaeology, material culture and socio-political relationships in West Africa’.

Its aim is to provide information about the activities of the project and of the different aspects of the research being conducted within it. 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 1250 and 1800 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 articulated with the various polities which the historical records tell us about: Songhai, Borgou, the Hausa cities.

On survey

Survey upriver of Karimama, Feb 2011.


1 Response to “Bonjour à tous”


  1. 1 Mundus
    June 17, 2011 at 14:24

    Wonderful to see a blog on this topic, what a fascinating research project!


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About this blog

This blog has been set up to chart the activities and research findings of two projects led by Anne Haour, an archaeologist from the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

The first project, called Crossroads, brings together a team of archaeologists, historians and anthropologists studying the Niger Valley where it borders Niger and Bénin (West Africa). We are hoping to shed more light on the people that inhabited the area in the past 1500 years and to understand how population movements and craft techniques shaped the area's past.

The second project, called Cowries, examines the money cowrie, a shell which served as currency, ritual object and ornament across the world for millennia, and in medieval times most especially in the Maldive Islands of the Indian Ocean and the Sahelian regions of West Africa. We hope to understand how this shell was sourced and used in those two areas.

These investigations are funded by the European Research Council as part of the Starting Independent Researcher Programme (Seventh Framework Programme – FP7) and by the Leverhulme Trust as a Research Project Grant. The opinions posted here are however Anne Haour's own!

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