It is early morning with the sun yet to rise, the stars are stunning and the local muezzin and roosters in full force. Most days we are up at 5.30 and on the site by 7 but today, Friday, is rest day.
In terms of Birnin Lafiya work, we are beginning to wrap up, as we will depart early on the 13th. Jennifer’s trench is done and reached the unexpected depth of 3m90 – doing the section drawings will be challenging. Paul’s soil pits are done and Paul is on his way back to Europe. Sam is at the photographing stage.We are treating the pottery from the Birnin Lafiya sites and also the 19 test pits executed so far by the flying team – the latest two at the villages of Tombutto and Molla, excavated by Beninois students Carolin and Pascal. The welcome there was very warm. Didier is examining sites along the Alibori where both pottery pavements and flaked quartz occur.
Olivier dropped by with his team in high spirits after a successful interview with one of the kings of Kandi who gave a southern perspective on the historical events within our region.
Caroline arrived from Togo with two Togolese students in archaeometallurgy. We still await the Niger team delayed in Niamey by administrative issues. But otherwise all are present and accounted for.
The flying team and the ethno team are continuing for the next two weeks.