Posts Tagged ‘artefacts

20
Jan
17

day 5, utheemu

Third day working here. A Friday, but we have too much to get done to take a day off… (tomorrow being our final day on the island). Nonetheless, here is a mix of work & play images:

Excavation in the morning, finds processing in the afternoon.

Aquaerobics class!

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Views of Utheemu life. Classic sunset shot. Middle: the palace; Hussein and David at breakfast. Bottom: where Shiura and I are staying.

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05
Dec
16

north sea

Cowries again. This time, John M, artists Sarah Caputo and Brenda Unwin, and I, met to compare notes on the medieval transfer of practices and objects between the UK and Denmark. Particularly apposite in a post-Brexit context.

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We talked about Cuthbert’s pectoral cross, the respective merits of the money and ring cowries over lynx, panther and other large cowries, Kopytoff and Appadurai and the lives of objects, Aarhus and the exhibition which Brenda and Sarah are preparing. They have been awarded a bursary to research and work with Danish and British museums, art groups and artists to follow artefacts between East Anglia and Denmark during the first millennium AD.

 

31
Aug
14

recent activities, en images

Looking back on the summer, now drawing to a close; we have not been idle..-

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CT scanning of artefacts at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

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Post-conference excursion to the Apartheid Museum

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Second batch of professional photography of small finds – here rather recent ones (dye bottles, for example)

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Determined to tackle this pottery backlog on my desk

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A pot from Birnin Lafiya SX

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Research trip to the Archives Nationales d’Outre-Mer

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Excavation of the cylindrical vessel we fondly call ‘torpedo pot’

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Professional refitting in progress of one of our pavements… this is what it looked like in situ (5 Feb 2012).




About this blog

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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