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.