Paul writes, as another aside to the Crossroads project. I will shortly be in Niamey as part of a National Geographic Society expedition to undertake fieldwork in Niger for deep (mid-Holocene) archaeology at the site of Gobero.
Past excavation suggests that the Gobero site is dominated by a funerary complex, alongside midden deposits and ecofactual remains indicative of early fishing communities. A major discovery from past work is that the site contains evidence of two past peoples: the Kiffian and Tenerean and that these people occupied the site in two phases c. 7000 BP and c. 5000 BP. A key aim for the forthcoming geoarchaeology studies at this site, as it is with the forthcoming Crossroads field work in January 2012, is to examine the extent and intensity of natural resource use. Furthermore at Gobero we will seek any evidences of settlement remaining in the and around the funerary complex.
Whilst the expedition is underway, another blog will be hosting details of Gobero discoveries.