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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

William Gblerkpor

M.Phil, University of Ghana, Legon

William Gblerkpor



William Narteh Gblerkpor is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.  He's also a lecturer in archaeology and heritage studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. Mr. Gblerkpor received his Bachelor’s and Master of Philosophy degrees from the University of Ghana, Legon in 2001 and 2005 respectively. His research interests include the archaeology of identity, religious rituals, ethnoarchaeology, household and landscape archaeology, as well as archaeology and community engagement. He has helped organize major archaeology and heritage conferences and exhibitions in Ghana, including the 2013 Second Conference on Archaeology and Heritage Management in Ghana. Mr. Gblerkpor is the Principal Investigator of the Krobo Mountain Archaeological Research Project, a partnership between the University of Ghana and the Manya and Yilo Krobo Traditional Councils, Ghana. He co-directs the project with Professor Kodzo Gavua of the University of Ghana, Legon. During the last decade, Mr. Gblerkpor has coordinated many archaeological field schools in Ghana and participated in archaeological research in Botswana and the United States. His publications include Gblerkpor, W.N. and Nkumbaan, S.N. (2014). Archaeology and Socio-political Engagement: The Case of the Krobo Mountain Archaeological Research Project. Anquandah, J. et al (eds). Current Perspective on the Archaeology of Ghana. Accra, Sub-Saharan Publishers. pp.304-324; Nkumbaan, S.N. and W.N. Gblerkpor (2014). Cultural Resources Management in Ghana. Anquandah, J. et al (eds). Current Perspective on the Archaeology of Ghana. Accra, Sub-Saharan Publishers. pp. 268-284; Gblerkpor, W. N. Material Culture and Ethnic Identity: The Case of the Krobo, Ghana. Lauer, H. et al (eds.) (2011). Identity Meets Nationality: Voices from the Humanities. Accra, Sub-Saharan Publishers. Pp. 149-174. Gblerkpor, W.N. Current Archaeological Research at the Krobo Mountain Site, Ghana (2008). Insoll T. (ed). Current Archaeological Research in Ghana. British Archaeological Reports British Series (Book 1847). Oxford, England. 74:71-84. In his ongoing doctoral dissertation project he combines archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and ethnohistory to explore materiality, rituals, power, and landscape transformations in Krobo before and during European contact on the Gold Coast (Ghana). He can be reached by email at: 


Archaeology, Ethnoarchaeology, Iron Age Archaeology in Ghana, landscape archaeology, rituals and identity, and public archaeology

ANT S304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

81750 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 830am-1000am SAC 4.174
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An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

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