Exhibition private view

Whilst the European members of the Crossroads team were in Norwich they were treated to a preview of the exhibition. For most it was quite a surprise to see how clean and good-looking the objects, last seen at the bottom of dusty trenches, have turned out to be.


Louis and Nicolas extracted this pavement piece by piece and now it’s whole again.


The textile, commissioned by Sam and documented by Lucie, made by one of Dendi’s renowned craftsmen


This pot was last seen in close to 200 pieces smashed onto a floor at Tin Tin Kanza. How was it made?



Filming podcasts to go onto the Sainsbury Centre education resources pages


Again, how was it made?


The column of soil on the table was last seen in the side of a trench at Tin Tin Kanza.



The exhibition opens in five days.


1 Response to “Exhibition private view”

  1. October 16, 2014 at 15:40

    Thanks for all the recent posts. The exhibition looks fantastic. I am looking forward to seeing it for real on Monday.

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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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