Cotonou Jan 16 2012

The 2012 field season is now well and truly on its way. Sam, Didier and I have been making arrangements in Cotonou in advance of our planning meeting with Université Abomey Calavi colleagues tomorrow, and the arrival of the remainder of the Europe-based team in the coming days.
It is a pleasant 25 degrees and hazy. One of the Crossroads team members, soon-to-be Dr Oumarou B-G, has been named Directeur de Cabinet for Minister for Families Fatouma Amadou Djibril. Petrol is in short supply following the cancellation by the government of neighbouring  Nigeria of the petrol subsidy, which has caused a doubling of the price of fuel.


2 Responses to “Cotonou Jan 16 2012”

  1. January 16, 2012 at 13:00

    Wonderful! Great to hear from you and I hope you are having a very exciting time.

    I hope all your luggage, kit etc. arrived ok, and your European colleagues too over the next few days. Also I hope you like the car (and can park it somewhere safe)!

    Fingers crossed the new mobile SIM will work fine for communication outside Benin.

    We’re thinking about you, and the project!

    Bon courage!

  2. January 16, 2012 at 17:40

    Have a superb field trip !!!

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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.

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