“Archaeo, That Useless Subject”

Excavating the Past through Autoarchaeology and Community Outreach Education

Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann


This paper is a response to James Anquandah’s call to make archaeological praxis relevant to national development agendas and to public and local communities. More specifically, it addresses how archaeology can contribute toward the advancement of community needs and interests, integrate the politics of recognition and inclusion, and also take into account community heritage values that necessitate active engagement with the past, particularly in regard to archaeological work at Christiansborg Castle in Osu, Accra, Ghana.

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