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Pots for exhibition

Here is one of the most appealing pots we have and which you may well see on display next year at the Sainsbury Centre. We call it the dolo (beer) -drinking pot although there is just as much of a chance that it was actually used for eating (thanks Didier!). It came from Birnin Lafiya Trench VI (dug by Nicolas) last year. It might date to the twelfth or thirteenth century, judging by a date obtained from charcoal in the same context.

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Then, this is what the bulk of our pottery material looks like: below is the assemblage from Kompa. It’s a little less compelling to the casual viewer, but we have whole crates of this stuff.

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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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