arrival at the base

The trip up from Cotonou is a 800km stretch.
Our luggage included 80 pineapples!
We made a stop at the Musée en Plein Air in Parakou to drop off the pottery of which we have finished the analysis, and to see friends who will be joining us later in the season.
We made an unscheduled overnight stop at Guene. So near yet so far…
Finally, the following morning we arrived at Birnin Lafiya to find Carlos, Nadia, Frank, Paul et al in good spirits.
The internet is too slow at present to add photos, more when possible.


1 Response to “arrival at the base”

  1. 1 gill doyle
    January 20, 2014 at 10:18

    We are glad that all is going so well. We hope you like pineapples!

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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.

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