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Title:Mound makers and brass casters from the Akuapem ridge, Eastern Ghana: question of identity in the archaeological record
Author:Osei-Tutu, BrempongISNI
Periodical:Journal des africanistes
Geographic term:Ghana
metalworking industry
ethnic groups
Abstract:Archaeological research on the Akuapem ridge in the Eastern Region of Ghana, some fifty kilometres inland of Accra, has exposed several rubbish mounds dating to the XIVth and XVIIth centuries. The presence of abundant slag, iron tools, and objects of copper and brass in the mounds attest to metalworking and florescence of industrial activities in the area. Brass production represented by numerous crucibles and moulds appears to have been particularly important but scholars are divided over the social group responsible for this industry. This paper emphasizes that it is an almost impossible pursuit to link the brass industry in Akuapem to any particular sociolinguistic group. It is suggested that in probing the potential candidates for the brass industry, one should consider the possibility of the co-existence of different ethnic groups on the Akuapem ridge during the period under consideration. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]