Posts Tagged ‘teamwork

17
Feb
17

goodbye, kinolhas

On our last evening on the island, we were given a wonderful farewell.

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The coolest cowrie-themed cake ever-complete with anatomically correct yellow ring around the dorsum!

A barbecue with fresh fish caught by Moamin.

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16
Feb
17

days 29, 30

Work continues… on our long-standing Trench 631 but also on two new, smaller, trenches at the periphery of the site.

There has been a lot of wind lately and the sea has been rougher. The latter has no direct impact on our work but the former makes things a bit trickier: papers fly away, line levels flutter in the wind, leaves blow into pristine trenches just ready to be photographed.

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Afternoons merrily engaged gluing pots, sorting bone, piecing together gravestones…

Just three days left to go, so as well as wrapping up the digging we have to make sure all our finds are inventoried and packed up and, wherever possible, the non-essentials left behind (to save on hefty airline excess baggage fees).

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03
Feb
17

day 18, kinolhas

Yesterday we stayed late finishing up the cleaning and photographing of David’s trench T321.

This was the trench with a lot of stones, some possibly aligned – and now we have hit a series of circular patches of dark sand which might just be postholes.Which would be fantastic, giving a sense of the houses people built. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

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Shiura’s trench T325 has reached its end, so on Saturday we will be starting a new one. Her new one, T544, up to recently heavily forested, is difficult to recognise now.

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Annalisa went cowrie fishing with some young ladies.

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And as usual there was plent of pot processing.

02
Feb
17

it’s the week-end!

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22
Jan
17

day 7, arriving

We will now be based in Kinolhas (Dhivehi: ކިނޮޅަސް). One of its claims to fame is that ibn Battuta first landed here when he arrived in the Maldives. He writes:

When I reached there I disembarked at the island of Kannalus [Kinolhas island in Raa atoll], a beautiful island in which there are numerous mosques. I put up at the house of one of its pious inhabitants where I was received hospitably by the jurist Ali. He was an accomplished man and had sons who pursued the study of sciences. There I met a man named Muhammad, a native of Dhofar (Zafar-ul-humuz), who entertained me and told me, ‘When you enter the island Mahal [Male’], the vezir will detain you, for the people there have no judge.’

A spot of impromptu survey – trying to link the putative medieval settlement with the reported medieval harbour. It is not all fine sandy beaches in the Maldives…

But there are some of these too, of course.

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Meeting our team. We will hopefully work together for 22 days and do good research.

Kinolhas is about 0.5 km2 in size and has 580 inhabitants but a third live in Male’ in search for better education and job opportunities.

18
Jan
17

travelling

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07
Nov
16

spotlight on crossroads… and uk at a crossroads

The University of East Anglia (UEA) puts the spotlight on our recent work in Benin: read about it here.

UEA is in the top 15 institutions for research impact in the UK and ranked 63rd worldwide for research citations. Much of this is a product of international collaborations such as Crossroads. … and we in UK Higher Education are really worried at present. There are 32,000 non-British EU academics in UK university teaching and research posts, accounting for 17% of the total. UEA Vice-Chancellor notes, “UEA was founded with an international outlook. It’s in our DNA, it’s at the heart of our interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to research. We have always welcomed students and staff from around the world and we always will”.

 

 




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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