Archive for March 15th, 2012


Pole aerial photography

Paul A writes:

Pole aerial photography allows a panoramic view of field sites to be established and by use of multiple images site details can be maintained and examined relative to other parts of the site in a readily understandable way.  Using a technique that examines sets of photographs to establish their spatial location relative to one another a three-dimensional photomontage of the major 2012 Birnin Lafiya excavations has been produced.  Follow this link  to open this image set, it may take some time to load. Once loaded, the Photosynth software allows you to drag and rotate images select images and zoom-in on details.



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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March 2012