Archaeology “Boot Camp”

Starting last week, the nature of my work changed. The cemetery survey has been ongoing, but for the past two weeks I have finally been able to put a shovel to the ground. Across the highway from Plateau cemetery, there is a hill with a falling-down chimney perched on it. This chimney belonged to the house of a man named Peter Lee, or, to use his Fon name, Gumpa. Where there’s a chimney, it’s no great leap of logic to imagine a house attached to it.There’s a slight problem in that a highway bridge was built right through the area in 1991, even after a required archaeological survey was conducted, but hopefully there’s something left for us to find.

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