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.
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.
Village elders were also invited
Just three other women in the room…
As has been our usual format, there were several speakers then a question and answer session.
We went over the scientific results achieved – there was a remark about the depth of finds at the mound
A discussion on the need to preserve the sites from natural and anthropogenic degradation
Participants dispersed in the heat of the early afternoon sun
All went very well and tomorrow’s session, the final one, will be in Karimama, administrative centre for the region.