In-progress excavations at Mound 130, Kuulo Kataa. A notched tree trunk provides a ladder into the deep units. The south walls of units 93 & 95 E, 110N are visible (center photo), showing the mound's layered deposits. In unit 95E 106 N (photo right), Emmanuel Duku (left), Wazi Apoh (center) and Leith Smith (right) record soil colors using a Munsell Soil Color Chart. Top left, two team members work by a screen used to sieve excavated soil, piles of which are visible in the background. Mound 130 covers an area of approximately 1100 m2 and rises to roughly a meter above the surrounding ground surface. Excavation here revealed thick layers of ashy midden deposits inter-stratified with walls and floors of houses. Kuulo Kataa, 2000.
Two Banda Research Project team members screen excavated soil at Mound 102, Kuulo Kataa. The men work on the edge of a cleared area several meters away from excavation unit 55W 69N. Thick vegetation covers the mound behind them. A headpan of excavated soil sits in front, awaiting screening. After sieving the soil, the men carefully pick and bag artifacts (fragments of pottery, metals, beads, animal bone) left in the screen. Studying these artifacts and the contexts from which they were recovered (their provenience) helps archaeologists to learn about the daily lives of past people. Kuulo Kataa, 2000.
Photo of a carinated pottery bowl, with profile depicted (left). The bowl has a restricted opening with the rim rounded at the lip. Above the angular carination, the exterior surface is decorated with horizontal bands of wavy line impression, below which are two deep channels. Shallow grooves appear above and below narrow bands of dentate (comb) impressions. Below the carination, the exterior surface is decorated overall with a carved roulette impression. An INAA sample ("B123-2") from this bowl was assigned to the "L" group of ceramic fabrics. It was therefore likely made from clays mined west of the Banda hills. Rim diameter: 23 cm at the interior lip. Sherd represents an estimated 18% of the bowl's circumference. Scale in cm. Site B-123. 22 July, 2000.