As we gear up for a new academic term and wave good-bye to the warm Norfolk summer, in Crossroads terms we start to think about the project steering meeting next October, and the 2014 field season just after Christmas.
On our target list for test pitting in 2014 are the following two lovely sites –
The finds from the 2012 and 2013 field seasons are with various labs and experts – in York, Cotonou, Miami, Bristol, Brussels, Paris, Cologne, Cambridge and of course Norwich, where the pottery analysis is proceeding as usual. I have nearly completed the analysis of the material from Kompa, so further posts might tell you whether or not they all make sense.
Next week I am going to the British Museum to see whether any of their holdings of so-called ‘aggrey’ and Igbo Ukwu beads resemble our Birnin Lafiya beads – back to the question of lantana which I posted about last year (here and here).
Over the past month, I have also been thinking about cowrie shells, trans-Saharan trade, the archaeology of northern Nigeria and African connections.