It hasn’t been sessions in dusty meeting rooms, of course.
An impromptu roadside discussion about cowrie shells and other shells
We took the opportunity, along the Monsey Dendi to Karimama road, to take a pirogue trip along the Niger
Here is the site of Tin Tin Kanza, cut by the road, and now we’re wondering whether it was ever a shell midden
Gorouberi, with copious and large pieces of pottery in an erosion gully.
Three test pits were done here over 2013 and 2014 and it turns out that it is our second-oldest site. The modern settlement, just visible in the trees in far distance, was tested by Ali’s team last year and on the evidence obtained is 800 years younger than the mound in its vicinity.
We ended the day in a venue that regular readers will recognise, the bar in Karimama.