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Jan
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day 13

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Unseasonal rainy weather kept us away from the field for the first part of the day.

Once the rain stopped, we took the opportunity to blitz through our remaining seven test pits.

#478. Yielded a near-complete dish with an everted rim and parallel incised lines.

# 544. Surprise! An unpromising location (dense woodland and leaf cover, and many mosquitoes) turns out the fullest range of pottery and bone. Two partial Chinese bowls.

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#573. Cut a possible stone structure.

And so on.

We finish the day with a fresh coconut offered by our host. The banana trees in the background are fed by waste water from the sink.

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2 Responses to “day 13”


  1. 1 Georges HAOUR
    January 28, 2017 at 18:48

    A stone structure !?!? Too bad the rain is in the way
    Keep making good progress
    Papou


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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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