Crossroads of Empires: Archaeology in West Africa
Tue. 21 October 2014 - 1 February 2015 | Sainsbury Centre opening hours
Exhibiting an archaeological process, Crossroads of Empires is a large-scale research project led by University of East Anglia archaeologist Anne Haour, which aims to help us better understand West Africa’s past during the last 1500 years.
Media depictions of Africa often focus on famine and environmental catastrophes; Anne Haour’s team wanted to show another side of the story. This exhibition shares the experience of pursuing research into the African past, both to communicate the rich history of Africa and to provide a window into the modern landscape and culture of Africa, as well as giving give a sense of what it is like to work there. The exhibition is a unique opportunity to see the objects unearthed by Anne’s team during their fieldwork in the Republic of Bénin, and to gain a first-hand sense of the process of archaeological discovery. Crossroads of Empires also offers an insight into the work undertaken at the University of East Anglia and the archaeological process more generally; to help understand what kinds of questions archaeologists ask, and how archaeologists work to answer those questions.
- Norwich: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, NR4 7TJ
- 01603 593199
- Fully accessible
- Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
- 18 Sep 2014 18:59pm