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goodbye sultan park

Unit N12, below, was one of the last two we finished; it was right at the extremity of one of our core lines. Shown here a while before we reached its maximum depth at one metre. Over two kilos of cowrie shells (overwhelmingly moneta as far as we could see) came from this one!

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Yesterday we did the final few bits on that trench and on Shiura’s, and we spent the day largely drawing section plans

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It got complicated towards the end, because an open air performance started just metres away from us, and the park took on a rather festive air. Some of the music was bodu beru and it did sound quite African at times.

At night, Sultan park lights up.

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Now we depart for our next atoll: Raa (see some historical background here)

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This blog has been set up to chart the activities and research findings of two projects led by Anne Haour, an archaeologist from the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

The first project, called Crossroads, brings together a team of archaeologists, historians and anthropologists studying the Niger Valley where it borders Niger and Bénin (West Africa). We are hoping to shed more light on the people that inhabited the area in the past 1500 years and to understand how population movements and craft techniques shaped the area's past.

The second project, called Cowries, examines the money cowrie, a shell which served as currency, ritual object and ornament across the world for millennia, and in medieval times most especially in the Maldive Islands of the Indian Ocean and the Sahelian regions of West Africa. We hope to understand how this shell was sourced and used in those two areas.

These investigations are funded by the European Research Council as part of the Starting Independent Researcher Programme (Seventh Framework Programme – FP7) and by the Leverhulme Trust as a Research Project Grant. The opinions posted here are however Anne Haour's own!

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