A first set of radiocarbon dates came back from the lab a couple of weeks ago. They were on samples which came mainly from our test pits at Tin Tin and Gorouberi. These are really interesting in that they confirm that those sites were for the most part inhabited in the latter part of the first millennium AD and the beginning of the second. Those pavements we dated at Tin Tin, for example, were apparently laid down around 1000 years ago. Gorouberi dates (six of them) range between 1100 and 1900 years bp, approximately – it’s our oldest site so far, dating from the time when Tacitus was writing his Historiae and Teotihuacan was flourishing near what is now Mexico City.
To list as other achievements, most of the field reports are now in from the various team members, the pottery from Tin Tin, Kompa and Birnin Lafiya Trench IX are undergoing preliminary analysis, SCVA curators have been examining our earth monolith from TTK1, our MA students have made a comprehensive list of our small finds (metal points, stone beads etc.), I gave a paper on our work at our Centre for African Art and Archaeology, and we had one of the intact, earth-filled pots from Birnin Lafiya Trench X put under the X-ray. We’ve also been thinking about sources of stone, lipids analysis, babbaji textiles and ground-penetrating radar.