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Day 2, Malé

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.

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Our work began at Utheemu last year

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.

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2 Responses to “Day 2, Malé”


  1. January 17, 2017 at 15:08

    good luck with your work. look forward to reading more.


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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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