A new publication by team member Olivier G. The World Is Like a Beanstalk: Historicizing Potting Practice and Social Relations in the Niger River Area.
My interest in the history of local pottery traditions in the Niger Valley was recently reactivated. As part of the “Crossroads of Empires” European Research Council project (Haour et al. 2011), I made a systematic study of craft activities along the Beninese bank of the Niger River and identified the southern boundary of the polychrome pottery production zone, as well as some two- or three-generations-old vessels whose shape and décor strongly evoked vessels illustrated in Y. Urvoy (1955). … The time had come to reconsider the data collected in Niger between 2002 and 2010, and to confront them with those collected in Benin since 2011.
This is also the time to thank Olivier who, while in Dendi with us, supplied the archaeologists’ base camp with two polychrome jars from Ouna which kept our drinks nicely chilled.