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Suzi Richer

Pollen Analyst – Environmental Archaeologist – Communicating the environment

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Goodbye to our cook team

I had hoped to put the following up as as audio post, but technology has let me down… Monday 18th March We seem to be following snow and power cuts – not necessarily together. The lights went out in Manang last night, not long after we got back from the ‘cinema’, and they are still […]

Seven Years in Tibet

17th March ‘Can you pay now?’ asked the girl, just as the film was starting. She appeared to be running the show in the cinema. We are in Manang for a few days, doing some work and also acclimatising. Snow started coming down about 3pm, so we headed to the local ‘cinema’ to see Seven […]

Karma Gurung

Friday 15th March Our first encounter with Karma Gurung was when we were field walking just opposite his house. Later, we would find out it was his grandfather’s house – he now lives in the main village of Humde. Sanda and Sandep, who have been carrying the archaeological equipment, roughly¬†¬† translated for us. It transpired […]


Thursday 14th March ‘You should get three,’ said Jim, as he pointed out that there were sticks for sale. We’d stopped at a stall outside a man’s house where he was selling trinkets, artefacts and other handmade bits and pieces. I was very tempted by a cow/donkey bell (they make such a pure and clear […]

The farm yard

13th March “People here are still a little scared of bird flu,” said Dil. We are talking about which animals are used for meat and which are used for other products. As I said in the audio post, I hope you could hear it, we are staying amongst chickens, goats, cows and donkeys. The chickens […]

Mother’s Day

Sunday 10th March ‘Ah, Mother’s Day!’ said Dil. I’d been trying to explain Mother’s Day to Dil, and that it is celebrated in the UK today. The problem was, I hadn’t actually used the words ‘Mother’s Day’. It turns out that Dil’s family, who I think are Hindu, but also observe Buddhist practices, celebrate Mother’s […]

Help with poo…

Monday 11th March Can anyone help identify this poo? A local guide took us up a side valley to a religious rock art site this afternoon. The hour and a half trek to the site followed the river valley closer towards the imposing Annapurna range. We plodded through snow, sometimes a 18 inches deep; passed […]

Wash day

Saturday 9th March ‘Ow! I think I’ve burnt my bum,’ said Hayley jumping out the water. We are at the hot springs in Charme, a village shadowed by the Annapurna 2 range. We’d seen the sign ‘Hot Spring’ when we arrived in Charme on Friday afternoon. Last night we decided to take a rest day […]

Meeting the gods

Tuesday 5th March Today was a day for bumping into the gods. Hayley and I were explaining ‘stratigraphy’ to Dil, our guide, as we were walking along a section that had been cut by construction works along the route. There were layers of large and small rocks and fine sediment. We told Dil that this […]

Distance is different in the mountains

6th March Someone told us, it might have been Resham in Besi Sahar, that the Annapurna trekking route was good because it was a gradual climb and not too undulating. We may only be into our third day, but I beg to differ (sorry Resham).Today, we have climbed from Germu which was about 1350m to […]

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