"Home is where your heart is!" Oursi by chrstph
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One of the greatest pleasures in the Sahel is to be mobile. Be it on a camel, an enduro or in a good 4WD. The most insights are of course gained when traveling on the stinking old camel, when you sleep and eat where you end up when the sun goes down. But also the enduro and the 4WD have a special quality to it. It is an amazing feeling when the heavy car seems to react to movements out of your hips when you slide it over a sand dune. The tracks you see were mine coming out of the village Oursi passing at the western foot of the dune field on the way to the archaeological site. Easy to drive that day because the sand was wet and heavy.
Together with my friends and colleagues Maya and Lucas (then University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany), there had been a lot of dreaming, thought and ravings about the necessity to save the 10th c. AD archaeological site of Oursi Hu-Beero from destruction. During the 2000 and 2001 excavation campaigns, we had felt the strong need to take action not to let this extraordinary site be completely destroyed by the erosion gullies already cutting into it. And: we wanted to give something back to this country and its people that had meant so much for our lives. Since 2005 it is reality: see the 'Things to do' section.
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