Short CV/Education and training

  • 1995
    Bachelor of Arts Archaeology & Anthropology, Oxford

  • 1997
    MRes, University College London

  • 2002 – 2005
    British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow; Tutor for Archaeology & Anthropology, Hertford College, University of Oxford, UK

  • 2006 – 2007
    Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

  • 2007 – 2011
    Lecturer in Arts and Archaeology of Africa, University of East Anglia

    Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the Institute for the Advancement of University Learning, Oxford

Selected publications

  • 2010. Haour, A., Manning, K., Arazi, N., Gosselain, O., Guèye, S., Keita, D., Livingstone Smith, A., MacDonald, K., Mayor, A. McIntosh, S., and Vernet, R. eds. African pottery roulettes past and present: techniques, identification, and distribution. Oxford: Oxbow.

  • 2010. Haour, A. and Rossi, B. eds. Being and becoming Hausa: interdisciplinary perspectives. Leiden: Brill.

  • 2007. Rulers, warriors, traders and clerics: the Central Sahel and the North Sea, AD 800-1500. Oxford University Press in the context of the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellows Monograph Scheme. Academic editor: Professor Chris Wickham, All Souls College, Oxford.

  • 2003. Ethnoarchaeology in the Zinder region, Republic of Niger: the site of Kufan Kanawa. Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology 56. Archaeopress, Oxford.

  • 2003. & Mitchell, P., Hobart, J. (eds.). Researching Africa's Past: new perspectives from British archaeologists. School of Archaeology, Oxford.

  • 2011. The archaeology of Hausaland. In Gronenborn, D. Ed. Gold, slaves and ivory – medieval empires in northern Nigeria. Mainz: RGZM, 66-69.

  • 2011. The early medieval slave trade of the central Sahel: archaeological and historical considerations. In Lane, P. and MacDonald, K. eds. Comparative dimensions of slavery in Africa: archaeology and memory. Oxford: OUP/British Academy (Proceedings of the British Academy 168): 61-78.

  • 2011. Putting pots and people in the Sahelian empires. Azania 46(1):36-48 (issue guest-edited in collaborations with K Manning).

  • & Gado, B. 2009. Garumele, ville médiévale du Kanem-Borno? Une contribution archéologique. Journal of African History 50: 1–21.

  • & Winton, V., & Idé, O., Rendell, H., and Clarke, M. 2006. The Projet Sahel 2004: the archaeological sequence in the Parc W, Niger. Journal of African Archaeology 4(2): 299-315.

  • 2005. Power and permanence in precolonial Africa: a case study from the central Sahel. World Archaeology 37(4): 552-565.

  • 2003c. One hundred years of archaeology in Niger. Journal of World Prehistory 17: 181-234.

Selected projects


  • PI, European Research Council Independent Starter Grant

    Academic leadership of a network of 5 scholars from Africa and Europe. This involves yearly archaeological and ethnographic field seasons in Bénin, West Africa; management of a budget of over 890,000 euros; organisation of an exhibition and production of timely research outputs.

  • PI, Leverhulme Trust Academic Collaboration: International Network.

    Academic leadership of a network of 11 scholars from Africa, North America and Europe. The network has involved two workshops (in Oxford and Dakar), and the co-edition of two volumes.

  • PI, Leverhulme AHRC/ESRC Research Workshop. With Dr B Rossi (Liverpool)

    Academic leadership of a network of 15 scholars from Africa, North America and Europe. The network involves two workshops (in Norwich and Liverpool), and publication a volume co-edited with Dr Rossi.

  • Project leader, British Institute in Eastern Africa/Oxford University School of Archaeology.

    September 2005 (4 weeks), Niger, West Africa.

    Co-director (with Professor Boubé Gado of the Institut de Recherches en Sciences Humaines, Niamey) of a fieldwork investigation of the medieval site of Garumele, leading a team of seven. We undertook the excavation of a test trench through a settlement mound at this alleged early capital of the Kanem-Borno Empire, complemented by local oral tradition interviews.

  • Project leader, British Academy/Oxford University School of Archaeology.

    December 2004 (4 weeks), Niger, West Africa.

    Co-director (with Dr Victoria Winton, Oxford and Dr Oumarou Idé, Institut de Recherches en Sciences Humaines, Niamey) of a multidisciplinary survey of the archaeological potential of the Mékrou Valley, leading a team of six. Remains spanned the Paleolithic to the sub-historic periods. We carried out surface collection, took samples for laboratory (optically stimulated luminescence and radiocarbon) dating, and carried out a test pit excavation. I generated the original plan for this project and recruited interested colleagues.

  • Project leader, British Academy/Oxford University School of Archaeology

    January and February 2003 (5 weeks), Niger, West Africa

    Ultimate responsibility for the excavation of eleven test units at the medieval site of Kufan Kanawa. I initiated and brought to completion the project, overseeing a team of eight, and coordinated surface collections at two neighbouring sites in order to obtain comparative materials.

  • Research Assistant, Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford

    July and August 2002 (2 months), Oxford

    Work on the collections made by Henry Balfour of lithic material in southern Africa between 1909 and 1929. This collections-based research involved matching Balfour’s field notes and illustrations to the artifacts held by the Museum and the online database, and provided an illustration of the build-up of early ethnographic collections in British museums.

  • Project leader, Oxford University School of Archaeology

    March and April 2000 (6 weeks), Niger, West Africa

    Ultimate responsibility for a project of field survey, archaeological excavation, and ethnohistorical tradition collection at Kufan Kanawa. I initiated and brought to completion the project, overseeing a team of three.

  • Researcher, Oxford University School of Archaeology

    June to September 1999 (3.5 months) and January 1998 (2 weeks), Niger and Nigeria, West Africa

    Designed and carried out a program of ethnohistorical investigation assessing the archaeological potential of the southernmost part of Niger. Interviews carried out with local academics and elders (sometimes with the help of an interpreter) and their input recorded, translated and evaluated.

  • Field Assistant, University College London (UCL) Institute of Archaeology

    December 1997 (3.4 weeks), Mali, West Africa

    Part of an archaeological team investigating the site of Tongo Maré Diabal, near Douentza, under the supervision of Dr Kevin MacDonald, UCL. Excavation and pottery analysis.

  • Field Assistant, University College London Institute of Archaeology/Boston University

    February-April 1996 (13 weeks), Belize, central America

    Worked as excavation assistant then supervisor of five exposures at the Maya site of La Milpa, Belize, under the direction of Professor Norman Hammond from Boston University.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • One of two judges for the Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology, offered by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain

  • Member of the Editorial Board, Azania

Additional qualifications

  • Broad experience in teaching, tutoring and supervision

  • Contributions on the African collections of the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, online catalogue

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 2 children


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