Cotonou 19 Jan 2012

The rest of the Europe-based team arrived last night, minus Paul A’s luggage but otherwise unscathed and in fine spirits. One of the team vehicles is now (almost) operational and we’ve made arrangements to hire a minibus for a week until the Crossroads car becomes available. So we leave tomorrow 6am for the north!


3 Responses to “Cotonou 19 Jan 2012”

  1. January 19, 2012 at 22:39

    Abubakar! I see that you have arrived Cotonou safely. That big serving is a dead giveaway. Anyway, here is to success of the mission!

  2. 2 Canaries1916
    January 23, 2012 at 14:18

    Hi – I would like to say hello to my sister Emma Lord who is working on the project. I hope she is well and enjoying this amazing experience x

  3. January 23, 2012 at 19:11

    Glad to know that Emma Lord arrived safely. Bob

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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.

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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