off to site 4

We leave Malé now to travel to our fourth site. Having visited locations in Haa Alifu, North Malé and Raa atolls, now we head to Meemu atoll.

Looking forward to reporting back from there.

Until then, a big thank you to all the new readers who have accessed this blog from the Maldives. Maldivian readers took over in numbers from our usual stalwarts the UK and Belgium last week! Special mention also to our reader(s) from Burundi, Taiwan, Greece, Norway and Nigeria (don’t worry, I don’t know who you are – just what country you are in).




2 Responses to “off to site 4”

  1. February 16, 2016 at 08:45

    And, thank You! Ever since your visit to my “humble abode” I have been following your work. And as somebody who has travelled through the atolls and islands of the Maldives, I can imagine your journey — more so, the challenges at times; particularly at sea. Thus, kudos to your work.

    Indeed, with Maldive’s history dating back to over fifty centuries, we truly need to explore and value the treasures hidden in “her belly” — both born and unborn. I hope to keenly follow your work, so to discover the roots of my motherland, and more.

    Shiura, I salute you for your work! As a woman whose pulse lies in the documenting Maldivian cultural heritage, it gives me immense pleasure to see another woman at sites — not shying away of soiling the hands with our soil. You have already marked your name in our history as the first Archeologist. I wish you more success in future. Am proud of you.

    Wishing your journey ahead more fruitful days. Best of luck.

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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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