Research Papers/Topics in Archeology

An Archaeology of Obosomase, Eastern Region, Ghana.

ABSTRACT The Akwapem area has been the focus of several historical and archaeological investigations in the past but there has been no archaeological excavation at Obosomase to date, thus the cultural history of the town from an archeological perspective is unknown. The underlying theme that guided the conduct of this study was to reconstruct the lifeways of the past inhabitants of Obosomase using predominantly archaeologically sourced data. It was also to ascertain the existence or absence o...

A Historical Archaeology Perspective of Cross-Cultural Encounters at Dixcove and Its Neighbourhoods, Ghana.

Abstract This research investigates acculturation patterns along the Dixcove coastline, arising out of the Anglo-Ahanta encounter which occurred there from the early seventeenth to the late nineteenth century. The two ancient settlement quarters of Dixcove namely, Ntwarkro (Upper Dixcove) and Daazikessie (Lower Dixcove) were the primary loci of the archaeological investigations which constituted the primary data source. Historical sources, oral traditions and archival data were also used to c...

Salvage Archaeology at The Fort Kongensten Site of Ada Foah

ABSTRACT This research looks at the use of salvage archaeology as a research method for the documentation and conservation of heritage sites that are being threatened by the rise in sea levels. Such devastating effects of the ocean on coastal environments are often as a result of climate change and global warming. Over the years, sea levels have been steadily rising, leading to the erosion of coastlines in Ghana to about 110 meters inland, and the submergence of historic coastal settlements....

Contributions of Bioarchaeology to Understanding the Past: A Study of Excavated Human Skeletons from Hani-Begho, Ghana.

ABSTRACT The complexity of the archaeological record and its interpretation require a holistic comprehension of its makeup from an objective point of view rather than from a single subjective perspective. The analyses of materials recovered from the archaeological record of most sites in Ghana often neglect the analysis of human skeletal finds. This development affects the holistic interpretation of those sites. In view of such gaps, this research sought to subject the skeletal remains from ...

Black Gaze - The Forgotten

Overall view on Chinese Black glaze porcelains, form Song dynasty to Yuan dynasty. 

Legend in Jizhou Kiln —— Muye Cup

For  a  long  time,  Chinese  people  have  been  accustomed  to  using  ceramic  utensils.  It developed  from  the  embryonic  form  of  production  in  the  Qin  and  Han  dynasties  to  the  mature technology  in  the  Ming  and  Qing  dynasties.  With  a  long  history,  the  tradition&...

African Myths and the Environment: A Look at Some Myths and Totems Among the Tiv of Central Nigeria

Myths are specific accounts of gods or super-human beings involved in extraordinary events or circumstances in a time that is unspecified but which is understood as existing apart from ordinary human experience. Myths are also accounts of the origin of societies and institutions not necessarily subject to rationalization. A totem on the other hand is an animal, a plant or any other natural object believed to be ancestrally related t...

Early Urbanization in West Africa: An Archaeological Evidence from Birnin-Kudu Settlement

Abstract Several collections of evidences from oral tradition, archaeological, historical, sociological researches have clearly indicated several early urban centers in West Africa and the differences in their characteristics based on region. This paper is aimed at bringing to limelight the place of Birnin-Kudu as part of early urban center in West-Africa and sourced it data from archaeological excavations and survey, collection of oral traditions and review of several literatures relating to...

THE PLACE OF AGENCY THEORY IN THE INTERPRETATION OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL DATA

AbstractThe beauty of every archaeological investigation is the interpretation of the past through material remains. Among the principles and theories for archaeological interpretation is Agency. Agency is a principle used to explain and resolve issue in the relationship between environment and human. This is just all about putting people back in the past and the relationship between them (humans); consequences of their action and their environment. This paper is a review of the concept ...

The Impact of Common Tree Categories on Archaeological Investigation in Nigeria: An Ethno-botanical Perspective on Sites in the Middle Belt Region

Trees are scientifically win breakers and sun absorbers which release oxygen into the atmosphere. The leaves of trees that fall on the ground add nutrients to the soil which in turn enhances the growth of both plants and animals. Trees serve both as food, medicine and raw materials for making of tools, weapons, furniture, and construction or building of local bridges and structures amongst others. Trees, both in the past and ...

The Socio-Political and Economic Structures of Birnin-Kudu Settlement Patterns: An Ethno-Archaeological Perspective

Abstract In this paper, we study from an ethno-archaeological perspective of Bimin-Kudu settlement pattern. The study is concerned with the explanation of socio-political and economic structures among the other relevant structures that made Birni n-Kudu settlement pattern using the present structures to explain the past. Birnin-Kudu is an ancient settlement with both old and new settlements that has anethnographic parallel which indicates a linkage between the past and the present such as Pal...

The Archaeology of elite burials of Gombe, Buhera Zimbabwe

ABSTRACTMost late Iron Age societies have been studied through the study of burials and their associated grave goods. This has been proven to be a significant source of archaeological record. Some of the sites that have been discovered like Mapungubwe have been understood from burials that were found. Through the associated grave goods the research is going to characterise the grave goods of burials from Gombe in Buhera Zimbabwe to understand issues of status, social organisation and negotiat...

Unmasking the Rock art of Chivi area in Masvingo province

ABSTRACTRock art studies have always been a key source of information to archaeologists in a bid toreconstruct past life societal practices. Most scholars argue that the execution of rock art was ameans of documenting the social, economic and political activities. Studying rock art sitestherefore provide a detailed insight in to the activities that were done by prehistoriccommunities at a global view. In order to understand the meaning behind rock art, one has tofirst of all document the rock...

The Documentation And Characterization Of Rock Art In The Chiremba Area Of Epworth

ABSTRACT. Rock art is one of the categories of the archaeological heritage which is found in various places locally, regionally and internationally. Rock paintings are non renewable resources which cannot be renewed once it has been destroyed. Chiremba Area is a segment of Epworth, a peri urban area which is located 13 kilometers to the South East of Harare. The place has got rock art sites in the Chiremba National Monument and outside the premises of the Monument. Previous researchers ...

Volunteer Management in Information Centers with Special Reference to the Zimbabwe Military Museum (ZMM)

ABSTRACT The overall aim of the research was to provide and establish the guidelines which were supposed to be used by the museum in managing volunteers. The research was based on four main objectives that included the following. Examining how the museum plans for its volunteer programs, assessing the methods used by the museum in recruiting volunteers, assessing how the museum motivates its volunteers as well as to determine the barriers that impede people into volunteering in museums....


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