We welcome another new contributor, Dr Annalisa Christie! Annalisa has been appointed as a Postdoctoral Researcher in African Archaeology at the Sainsbury Research Unit (UEA) to join the Cowries project.
Annalisa completed her PhD at the University of York in 2011 and comes to us from a lectureship at the University of the Highlands and Islands. She is a maritime archaeologist whose research interests have focused on examining the social context of maritime interactions and practices around the Western Indian Ocean – her PhD work dealt with the Mafia archipelago off the cost of Tanzania – and more latterly in the north Atlantic.
As part of the cowrie project she will be working to clarify the taxonomic classification of Cypraea annulus and Cypraea moneta, while conducting research into the nature and impact of Cypraea exploitation in Maldives (the reported source of Cypraea moneta across West Africa), using an anthropologically informed maritime approach.