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Paul is all set to go on National Geographic Society expedition to Gobero, Niger

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.


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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