So, here we are back in the Maldives, for our second field season. Readers will remember that last year we did quite a lot of island-hopping. We visited four atolls in the context of our archaeological work, and three more as part of the ethnographic research. This year, we will stay put a little more, especially as concerns the archaeological work.
First off we will make a brief return to the island of Utheemu in the far north (it is 300km away from Malé), where we worked last year. One part of the island, where one of our trenches had uncovered a massive coral stone slab, is slated for development as a B&B (currently there are no tourist facilities on the island at all, yet it is know for its fine beaches and its historical significance – so it was probably just a matter of time). We will be going back to that trench to figure out what that slab is.
In the second phase, we will be returning to the island of Kinolhas to try and find the medieval settlement there. We will be based several weeks there in order to get a more complete view of life in the Maldives at that time.