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karimama, 2 march

Today’s restitution meeting was at Birni Lafia and concerned specifically the archaeological work we’ve done over four field seasons, totalling some 20-22 weeks, at the large abandoned settlement mound at the periphery of the village.

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Attendees were the men from the village who worked with us on the site over the years. Of the 52 involved, 31 were present . Seven people had left the village to travel for various reasons.

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Village elders were also invited

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Just three other women in the room…

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As has been our usual format, there were several speakers then a question and answer session.

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We went over the scientific results achieved – there was a remark about the depth of finds at the mound

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A discussion on the need to preserve the sites from natural and anthropogenic degradation

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Participants dispersed in the heat of the early afternoon sun

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All went very well and tomorrow’s session, the final one, will be in Karimama, administrative centre for the region.


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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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