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The Archaeology of German Colonial heritages in Ghana. Repackaging Shared Relics for Strategic Ghana-German Partnership in Development

Excavations at the Kpando German Colonial site in Ghana

Excavations at the Kpando German Colonial site in Ghana

(Juli 2013-Oktober 2014)

The project aims to undertake detailed archival, ethnographic and archaeological research on five selected German colonial Stations and three Districts. These were once established in the western half of the then German Togoland or present day Volta/ Northern Regions of Ghana and western Togo. The main goal is to understand how these German colonial Districts and Stations became important microcosmic colonial theatres where German metropolitan constructed colonial policies were experimented with. How did German colonial political economic pressures impact on specific pre-colonial daily cultural practices, settlement patterns (architecture) and domestic technology of the people at these selected sites?

The research project will enrich the scarce literature regarding the daily practices of the colonized and Europeans as well as help to de-silence the discourse on the archaeology of German colonial legacies in West Africa. It aims at adding value as well as enhancing local initiatives towards the cultural heritage management, conservation and the promotion of German heritage tourism in these shared heritage sites

The project is based on a cooperation of institutions in both Ghana and Germany. It thus contributes to a multi-perspectival dialogue on colonial experience, colonial legacy and a shared past.

Project Director: Dr. Wazi Apoh, Department of Archaeology and heritage Studies, University of Ghana

German Post-Doctoral Fellow: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Ulrike Schaper, Freie Universität Berlin

German Partner Institution: Dr. Sebastian Conrad, Freie Universität Berlin

Project mentors; Dr. Beatrice Lundt, Flensburg University, Germany.

Dr. Theresa Starzmann, McGill University, Kanada

and Dr. Kodzo Gavua, GAPO Heritage Consult, Ghana


Funded by the VolkswagenStiftung

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