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thinking about pots

Thinking about pottery again.

The Maldives pots… visit from Dr Alison G from Southampton, expert in Islamic ceramics…

Looking, also, at the Chinese connection.

But also the Crossroads pots: organising and re-visiting our chapter which presented our ceramic assemblage and assessed its similarities and divergences with  other reported assemblages from across West Africa.

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These are two completely different sets of problems. In one case, the Maldives, clay was not available and all the pottery had to be imported, and it is largely wheel-thrown. In the case of Dendi, clay was available pretty universally, and although pots certainly moved – either for their own sakes or as containers for other things – it’s likely most households had the skills and raw material they needed to make what they required.

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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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