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days 23 and 24, kinolhas

First to start off with the excitement of today: the Male’ ferry arrived a short while ago with a drone that is being lent to us (see here to find out how we discovered its existence), and the ingredients for the cheesecake which David wants to make on Friday.

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More widely though, these have been a busy few days.

Visit by members of the island council

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Recovery of a small cache of cowrie shells

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Visit by a school group

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Lots more stone, lots more pot

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Lunchbreak swim in the medieval harbour

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3 Responses to “days 23 and 24, kinolhas”


  1. 1 Georges HAOUR
    February 8, 2017 at 22:40

    Cheesecake ? Now you are talking….
    Decorated with cowries ?
    Love
    Papou

  2. 2 Aliyu Adamu Isa
    March 22, 2017 at 15:24

    So nice and interesting,giving us a view of the archaeology of the Maldives.


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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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