Organisers: Geoff Bailey, Karen Hardy and Abdoulaya Camara
From 8-11 April 2008, shell midden afficionados from around the world congregrated
on the Musée Théodore Monod d’Art Africain in Dakar, Senegal for a workshop entitled
"Shell Energy: Prehistoric Coastal Resources Strategies". The meeting was organised
by Geoff Bailey and Karen Hardy at the University of York (UK), together with Abdoulaya
Camara and a dedicated team of helpers from Senegal.
With papers spanning from the Pleistocene to the present, and including Africa, Europe,
the Americas and Asia-Pacific, the scope was wide and the contributions diverse.
The papers were supplemented by two fieldtrips; the first to the Saloum Delta to
see 'midden-making in action' at current oyster-processing locales, and the second
to the historic Goree Island whose beauty belied a past founded on the West African