Posts Tagged ‘teamwork

14
Sep
18

PanAfrican congress

The 15th Congress of PanAfrican Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies (PanAf) has just concluded. 350 people took part, of 36 different nationalities. Here are some further scenes taken from the meeting.

It was also a chance for us to return cowries to the people who had generously lent them to us over the past couple years.

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Cowries packages by Annalisa, ready for return

 

The next meeting of the PanAf is set for Zanzibar —- already looking forward to it!

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10
Sep
18

rabat, 10 sept

In Rabat for the 15th Congress of the PanAfrican Association.

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The overall theme is ‘Valorisation of African Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development’. We are hosted by The Sciences Faculty of Mohammed V University and the National Institute of Archaeology and Heritage Sciences in Rabat, Mohammed I University in Oujda, and Moulay Ismaïl university in Meknès. The last meeting of this association was in Johannesburg: when I wrote about it then, we were in the midst of trying to process and understand all of the data we had gleaned through Crossroads, so it does seem a while back. Great to see colleagues and friends again.

 

10
Sep
18

sept 9

During our archaeological investigations at Sultan Park in Male’ in 2016, we uncovered an octagonal metal piece with a square hole at its centre.

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We sent it to Norfolk Museums for cleaning and conservation in the hope it might be something interesting (a Chinese coin, say).

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Examining the artefact and its concreted covering

The outcome is inconclusive. The object appears to be copper alloy – it’s definitely not ferrous – and it’s heavily concreted. Despite cleaning, no inscription or decoration was noted. Its sides are rather uneven, and this, together with the fact it isn’t iron, suggest to me it’s not modern, at least. We still don’t know what it is, so the next stage will be to have the composition tested.

On other news, I waved a final goodbye to the Crossroads book proofs.

 

 

25
Nov
17

york, 25 nov

In York for this year’s African Archaeology Research Day.

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Here is the group of attendees with SRU connections: past MA and PhD students, past and present postdoctoral researchers, and Visiting Fellow.

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Reunion, too, of some members of the 2014 Crossroads field team.

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11
Jul
17

accra, 11 july

Busy but productive times here at the University of Ghana.

 

Attending talks. Here, insights into the disastrous effect of jihadi occupation on the heritage and tourist industry in Timbuktu, and in Mali more generally. Malian colleagues outlined the work done to investigate, study and repair the mosque and mausolea torn down in 2012.

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Catching up with friends and colleagues; trading books, cowries and pots.

 

 

And still scouring the storerooms for shells!

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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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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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