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Suzi Richer

Pollen Analyst – Environmental Archaeologist – Communicating the environment

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Death, bodily fluids and fertility: the Wakas of Konso

Originally posted on The Pallasboy Project:
Dr Suzi Richer, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Archaeology, University of York Photo by Senna Thornton-Barnett. Wakas in Konso, Ethiopia “The wakas are a form a material culture in which elements of the process of ‘breastfeeding’ are represented” (Watson 2009) A couple of days ago, if I had been…

8 Oct 2016: Leaving Addis Ababa…

Originally posted on The Human Seasons:
Today I should have been making my way back from the UNESCO world heritage site of Konso, in the south west of Ethiopia, to the captial Addis Ababa. But the on-going protests there (and strong government response) flared up again a couple of weeks ago. These events bypassed the international media.…

Safe and slow is good

“Hold on, but loosely,” he said.  The blood flowed back into my knuckles as I released my grip.  “I don’t want to go fast,” I reminded him, “Safe and slow is good.” Whilst deciding to take a motorbike back from the airport in Dar es Salaam might seem slightly reckless at first sight, I promise […]

Culture shock from an unexpected direction 

I’m standing there looking at a row of doors on either side of a raised platform. You can’t step down from them, they are too high, so you’re forced to use the entrance/exits at either end. None of the doors are labelled. Occasionally a bus turns up at one of the doors. But I have no […]

Travel – safety in numbers

“Is this where the dala-dala stops?” I ask the guy who is standing by a slight bulge in the kerb of the road. To be honest I’m not entirely sure what a dala-dala looks like. But I have a feeling it’s basically a minibus. And whilst I’m massively apprehensive of it, I have little option […]

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