On November 9th, 2013, Dr Phil Debarros from our archaeology program presented “The results of Archaeological Research on Ironworking in the Bassar Region of Northern Togo 1981-2013.” to the San Diego Archaeological Center. The presentation covered a basic history of Iron Industry in the area (starting in approximately 400 B.C.) and detailed findings from his recent sabbatical.
I was not able to attend the presentation, but was able to peruse the PowerPoint of the presentation and see all the impressive photos (a few included here!)- including 2400 year old furnaces, iron working tools, other forms of material culture (beads etc.) and probably the most exciting- seeing our students work alongside the local experts. What an amazing opportunity for them- congrats on the work and presentation Dr Debarros!