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fieldwork – 4

I should have added that in fact fieldwork has already started for some of the team. Olivier and Lucie phoned earlier this morning from Dendi, where their interviews are going very well and they are preparing the ground for the ‘restitution of results’ events (and parties!) which we will be having next week. They are also hoping to visit the site of a well-known battle, which requires paperwork to be issued from the Niger side.

Mardjoua is on his way north from Cotonou, tasked with excavating some dyeing pits at Kwara Tegui Sambo Kwara and at Guéné. This is to test a hunch of Olivier’s that indigo dyeing was set up by artisans from the Mande world some 3-400 years ago.


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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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