Rising from the Depths at the inaugural Indian Ocean World Archaeology meeting
University of Exeter, 10-11 January 2020
Research conducted by the Rising from the Depths network was well represented at the inaugural meeting of the Indian Ocean World Archaeology network. In particular, a presentation of the RftD-funded project ‘Bahari yetu, Urithi wetu’ was given by Lucy Blue, John Cooper and Elgidius Ichumbaki (picture). The paper discussed progress on this project at Bagamoyo, which seeks to explore the relationship of local fishermen, boat builders and other local groups with the marine environment, building an overall understanding of the marine cultural heritage at this important site. The paper was well received, with discussion at the end focusing on the challenges and opportunities of tourism at Bagamoyo, which has meant restrictions on the ways that locals are able to exploit the marine environment.
Other RftD members were in attendance, with Stephanie Wynne-Jones, Mark Horton, Caesar Bita and Edward Pollard all presenting on aspects of their work. The next IOW-ARCH meeting will be in 2022; we look forward to seeing more RftD projects there!