the flying team, 3

The flying team has become a bit more of a stationery team of late. The interesting finds at site TTK (principally potsherd pavements, some combined with the use of small cobbles as at now-flooded sites of the Kainji area in Nigeria) have kept us there. We organised a site visit where we showed around visitors, both from our team and beyond. We were able to offer French, English and Dendi versions. At the same time Paul, Sven and their trusty differential GPS mapped two transects from the top of the cliff, at Kanza cave, down through both Louis’ and Nadia’s trenches and to the road.




Now, six days in, Louis is onto his fourth pavement and Nadia onto her second (plus equal numbers of smashed pots). Therefore they are going to be at TTK for the foreseeable future…


Meanwhile, work has also started at the nearby site of GOB, three kilometres downriver. Like TTK, GOB was selected for test pitting based on our 2011 surveys in the region. The strategy was set out a few months ago from a desk in autumnal Norwich. On the ground, it seems to hold water. This morning Carlos, Mardjoua and I surveyed the whole area between TTK and GOB. We checked every hillock and reported every potsherd scatter. The only site we found was halfway between TTK and GOB. That is to say we have a structured archaeological landscape (never mind that its structure escapes us for now!) which our test pits are doing a reasonable job at exploring.

In the wider region, archaeological, historical and art-historical work continues at Birnin Lafiya while the ethno team departed this morning for the end-of-the road-destination of Pekinga.

Day 13 of digging with about 11 days’ digging left. Survey is increasingly going to become a priority.




4 Responses to “the flying team, 3”

  1. 1 Veerle
    January 29, 2013 at 10:08

    Good luck in the field! Hope everything is going well and that you are finding interesting animal bones and that there is also some ethnographic attention to animals.

  2. March 14, 2013 at 17:20

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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.

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