In Malé, capital of the Republic of Maldives. I spent most of the day yesterday at, and close to, the National Museum with Shiura J – amazing to see how far we have got since a largely chance meeting two and a half years ago. We spent some time in the museum stores, which contain quite a lot of pottery, including intact vessels – a very useful exercise to complement the sherds we had seen in Oxford back in the autumn. A cowrie-shell filled casket recently recovered on an island in Alif Dhaalu atoll 70 km from here is also in the museum stores.
We visited the Friday mosque again, currently closed for repairs, and were lucky enough to be able to climb the minaret and see the ongoing works, which utilise lime plaster made from (ethically sourced) coral ash to be as close as possible to the materials of the time (17th century).
Last month the remains of a mosque were discovered by chance at Thinadhoo, in Gaafu Dhaalu atoll about 90 km south of here.
Today, meetings, administration, and procuring equipment.