final stages of the Crossroads book, 1

discovered we had no definite lantana beads – a lowpoint of the day

changed ‘interesting’ to ‘extraordinary’ – a highpoint of the day

found out we were missing 68 drawings of potsherds – a lowpoint

realised the Hausa might just be usurping a lot of the earlier  traditions relating to trade  between the Niger River and forested areas – a highpoint

wondered about birane – a highpoint




2 Responses to “final stages of the Crossroads book, 1”

    May 26, 2016 at 19:54

    Didn’t the Hausa participated in the trade along the Niger;how about their roles?

    • 2 ach
      June 7, 2016 at 15:53

      We think they certainly did – historically, for example, their role in exporting red stone from our region down to Ilorin is well-documented. However, I’m beginning to wonder whether the reputation of the Hausa as merchants, which has been so often mentioned by historical sources since AD 1500 or so, might have obscured the role of other, earlier, merchant groups…?

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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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