The archaeologists’ bread and butter

Most of you will probably know already what sorts of things make up the archaeological record: non-perishables that people discarded, lost, or deposited by people in the past.

Concretely, in the Sahelian context this means:

  • a lot of pottery
  • some stone
  • some iron
  • some bone

And the occasional glass bead. That’s pretty much it for most of us. Not much like Indiana Jones, then.

Abundant pottery scatter

Abundant pottery scatter at GBER


2 Responses to “The archaeologists’ bread and butter”

  1. 1 Mundus
    June 17, 2011 at 14:27

    How about wooden or leather artefacts?

  2. 2 A
    June 23, 2011 at 13:26

    They only survive in exceptional conditions – very dry or very wet being two common ones.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

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!

Please log in often, comment and/or subscribe to keep up to date with what's happening.

Blog Stats

  • 32,385 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. There will be a special prize for the 50th subscriber

Join 154 other followers


June 2011
    Jul »

%d bloggers like this: