day 17, kinolhas

People keep wanting to show us long-forgotten structures which nowadays only the ladies know how to find, as they criss-cross the island collecting firewood.

We are looking for more stone structures. In theory, their extent will indicate the extent of the former settlement. The wife of one of the councillors is extremely good at spotting these structures and at finding her way through the vegetation. Her husband calls her ‘Jungle Pilot’ (as well as ‘Mother of Ten’ – quite a lady).

This all takes us to the densely forested western half of the island. By the way, I found this on youtube which gives a good sense of the eastern half of the island…! [We are trying to see if we can borrow the drone, which was used by the people in the house next to Annalisa and David’s to make this youtube video].

On my own in the forest with 4 guys with machetes.

20170201_151457We found this:





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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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