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Eternal Djénné



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Deep Roots
Photograph by Sarah Leen

Cutting through more than two feet (0.6 meter) of trash deposited since the 1970s, archaeologists dig into precolonial Djénné. The January 1999 excavation, on the site of a proposed museum, unearthed the first evidence of the city’s past outside of historical writings. Organizers Roderick McIntosh and Susan McIntosh of Rice University discovered that deposits in Djénné extend more than six meters—20 feet—deep, reaching back beyond the 12th century and into the time of nearby Jenne-jeno, an ancient site founded about 250 B.C. and abandoned in the 1300s.



Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Nikkor 24mm
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Available light





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