The West African Archaeology Association has organized its 16th biannual colloquium at the University of Ghana.
The colloquium was held under the theme “Archaeology and World Heritage Sites in West Africa”.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the colloquium, Head of the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Ghana, Dr. Fritz Biveridge, called on policy makers to engage archaeologists in development plans so as to aid in the preservation of the country and the continents heritage.
“I suspect that in the next 50 years there will be no site in West Africa. We don’t have any problem with infrastructure development, we don’t have any problem with creation of job, but what we are saying is that if something has to be done, at least archaeologists should be consulted to look at the site and do some investigative work before the site is destroyed.” he said.
Executive Director of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB), Kingsley Ofosu Ntiamoah, pledged his outfits support to the Department of Archaeology and Heritage studies.
“Over the years, the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board has Department of Archaeology and Heritage studies in safeguarding of the countries heritage and archaeological properties and sites.
I want to assure the Department of Archaeology and Heritage studies that the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board will continue to collaborate and consult them in the excavation of our mandate” he said.
Also speaking at the opening ceremony, lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage studies, Professor Kodzo Gavua, advised for researchers and archeologist to engage the locals at research sites as it will help them better reconstruct the cultural past of Africa.
“In order to re-conceptualize Africa and evoke positive thoughts about the continent and its people, I advocate that archaeologists engage in what we call people-centered approach to researching the African past. I have suggested in this regard that involving local and external stakeholders and factoring in their interests in research plan and execution, learning from them.” he said.
The conference was organized here in the University of Ghana.
Story by: Dorothy Buatsi|universnewsroom.com