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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



Research Profile: William Narteh GBLERKPOR

My research interests include archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, Iron Age archaeology of Ghana, archaeology of identity, religious rituals, public archaeology, and landscape archaeology. During the last decade, I have been involved in the identification, documentation, mapping and excavation of archaeological and historical sites I perceive to be relevant to Ghana’s development. My ongoing doctoral research combines archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and ethnohistory to explore materiality, rituals, power, and social relations and landscape transformations in south-eastern Ghana (Krobo) before and during European contact on the Gold Coast. My dissertation also seeks to examine the role of Klowem, the ancestral Krobo cultural and political center in Krobo ethno-genesis as well as contemporary use of the site in heritage tourism and legitimization of political power in the area.

My research also forms part of a larger archaeological and heritage management initiative I have co-directed with Dr. K. Gavua since 2007: Krobo Mountain Archaeological Research Project (KMAP), a partnership between the University of Ghana and the Krobo Traditional Councils. This flagship project provides opportunities for practical training for many of the technical staff, graduate, and undergraduate students of the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana, where Gavua and I are affiliated. The KMAP project emphasizes five key principles: Community engagement, rapid information dissemination/sharing, knowledge creation, training, and accessibility. Recent publications include “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), and “Current Archaeological Research at the Krobo Mountain Site, Ghana” (Insoll, T. [ed.] 2008. Current Archaeological Research in Ghana. Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology, 74: 71-84.

In addition, since joining the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies in 2005, I have helped organized two international conferences on Archaeology and Heritage Management in Ghana. The most recent: “Harnessing Ghana’s Heritage Resources for Sustainable Development” was held in September 2013 at the University of Ghana. I am also currently serving on a review committee set up by the Executive Director of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board to draft a new national heritage law for Ghana.




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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