We are all set for our second session of small finds photography tomorrow. Below is a record of our initial session, mid June:




5 Responses to “photography”

  1. 1 Richard
    July 2, 2014 at 16:16

    Interesting! Can you say more about that figurine? Do you know when it’s from, or anything about it’s cultural significance?

    • 2 ach
      July 9, 2014 at 12:39

      Hi Richard, not yet, but it does seem that figurines were made quite widely throughout the site. Still today children make them locally. Archaeologically, most often they are animals – probably bovids – rather than anthropomorphic. They are quite small and usually not as clear as the example above. You’ll be able to see some in our forthcoming exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, come October.

  2. July 6, 2014 at 13:32

    I think this figurine looks fascinating. I look forward to hearing what you find out about it.

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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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