Archive for March 30th, 2012

30
Mar
12

student contribution encore

My name is MARDJOUA Barpougouni. I’m student in 4 years at department of history and archaeology at University of Abomey-Calavi (R. Benin). I was very happy to participe at the fieldwork in the valley of Niger. It was one occasion which help me to do the fieldwork and to change with the neigbours who have been come to Europe. I have best wishes for the moment.

30
Mar
12

back from Africa

Ali LS sends us this account of the last field season




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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