We are pleased to announce that the African Studies Center’s African Heritage Initiative is co-sponsoring an Archaeology and Heritage Workshop December 14-19, 2014 in and around Ghana’s capital, Accra. Organized in partnership with the University of Ghana Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies,the workshop is meant to serve as a forum for thinking about archaeology as heritage, with a special eye turned to West Africa.
The workshop is guided by two overlapping themes: 1) the layered and often contested narratives that coalesce at heritage/archaeological sites, and 2) the threats that “development” poses for archaeology and history, as well as how these threats might be mitigated. Throughout the week, the participants will be coming together and discussing these issues through seminar-style sessions, as well as through direct encounters with specific archaeology/heritage sites in the region. Graduate Students participating in the workshop will keep the U-M community abreast of workshop highlights via the ASC blog.