Our last job on this island was to investigate the palace, in which cowrie hoards have been recovered in the past. Thousands of them:
We decided to target the area just in front of the main door. Previous hoards had been recovered in a similar location – liminality, and all that.
We found a fair few cowries (kudi boli) and pottery. No cowrie hoard… but charcoal, which we’ll have dated, and then we hope to come back next year.
There is one final thing to report from this island, something which we did find very thrilling. We encountered our first live cowrie when our hostess (who used to fish for cowries in the 1980s) took us hunting for them on this scenic shoreline.
Much to our surprise though, they look pretty much the same alive as they do dead!
Heading home at the end of a long day