This week I have been tweaking the final last bits of our pottery tables and working on the pottery chapter for our book. The chapter has two principal objectives. The first is to outline the methodology we employed for the analysis of the pottery excavated throughout the Crossroads project. The second is to present the assemblage, including a description of the decoration types and main shapes present and comparing them with other pottery known from archaeological work in the wider region.
As in many parts of West Africa, we effectively had to design a pottery typology from scratch to inform our work in Dendi. Contrarily to certain (rare) parts of the subcontinent, such as the Inland Niger Delta and Bandiagara Plateau, or the Lac Chad area, assemblages from this part of the Sahel were, and remain, very poorly known. We did dispose of studies carried out in areas nearby, like the Parc W or the Kainji dam, but these researchers paid just minimal attention to pottery. We also made use of broader methodological publications concerning, well, roulettes for example.