We’ve undertaken two seasons of excavation at the 15th century hilltop site of Ambohidahy, following on previous work by Henry T. Wright and colleagues at the Museum of Art and Archaeology in Antananarivo. More information on the range of materials we’ve found at Ambohidahy can be found below. These pages will be updated as we move through the analyses.

Imported materials

Imported beads and high-fired ceramics

Local ceramics

Locally produced low-fired earthenwares

Metal working

Metal artifacts, and traces of metal working. (In progress)


Off-site sampling in the region around Ambohidahy and elsewhere. (In progress)


Carbonized remains of rice and other plants recovered through flotation. (In progress)

Animal bones

Faunal remains from excavations at Ambohidahy. (In progress)

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