day 25

Another busy day to close off the week.

An experimental flight of the drone lent to us gives us a new view of our area of investigation.


Trench 325 is the white square near top right of the image – it is 2×2 m in size. Smaller white blotches (e.g. the three running in a diagonal line) are our shovel test pits.

A team of five has been occupied finding, and marking with stakes, all the stone structures in the area. Next week we will take their GPS points and fill out survey sheets.

Still working on Trench 631. Annalisa completes the huge job that was planning the stone structures.


I do an honest morning’s digging, which is good for the soul.


Whizzing through washing of pots, pottery desampling and sampling (ie. recording and eliminating those which are too small or are undecorated), and measuring shell.



4 Responses to “day 25”

  1. 1 N'DAH Didier
    February 9, 2017 at 20:06

    Dear Anne, Congratulations for the work you are doing there.
    Didier From Cotonou

    • 2 ach
      February 10, 2017 at 03:03

      Thank you Didier. We should have tried a drone at Birnin Lafiya! 🙂 see you soon: perhaps at WAAA/AOAA in Accra in July? Greetings to you all in Benin.

  2. 3 Helen Arnott
    February 9, 2017 at 22:39

    Anne, I enjoy reading of your progress even though I seldom comment. Who knows who will benefit from your interesting archeological work, your presence in Africa. Imagine a drone facilitating your work……simply amazing.

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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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