day 27, kinolhas

The drone took flight today.



Its purpose is to give us a bird’s eye view of Trench 631, which contains a complicated jumble of sandstone, pottery and gravestones. The image below I took myself from the ground, standing on tiptoes – and although I am tall, there is no way I could get the 5x6m trench in. This is what the drone can do for us.


Finds processing in the afternoon. Can the pottery fragments lifted from Trench 631 be refitted to form entire vessels? This would suggest dishes and plates were discarded whole: not just broken fragments.

In order to tackle this question, each sherd has to be individually numbered and cross-referenced to Annalisa’s 1:10 plan of the trench.


Evening: we invite the team over to share the desserts David made yesterday. A lime and coconut cheesecake, a chocolate mousse and a Toblerone cheesecake. Bon appétit/bismillah!




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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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