African Archaeological Review

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 379–391 | Cite as

An Interview with James Kwesi Anquandah

  • Rachel Ama Asaa EngmannEmail author


Professor James Kwesi Anquandah was Ghana’s first archaeologist. He was also the first Ghanaian to become head of the Archaeology Department at the University of Ghana, which was the first archaeology department in sub-Saharan Africa, established in 1951. Dedicating his life to Ghanaian archaeology, particularly during the difficult years in Ghana in the 1980s and early 1990s, Anquandah had a significant impact on the development of archaeology in Ghana. In addition to his research, advisory and curatorial work, Professor Anquandah was instrumental in the training of three generations of Ghanaian archaeologists. During the course of a professional career that spanned nearly six decades, Professor Anquandah made archaeology relevant and accessible to all Ghanaians.


Professeur James Kwesi Anquandah était le premier archéologue de Ghana. Il était aussi le premier Ghanéen à devenir le chef du Département de l’Archéologie à l’Université de Ghana. C’était le premier département de l’archéologie en Afrique subsaharienne, établi en 1951. Il avait dédicacé sa vie à l’archéologie ghanéenne, en particulier, au cours des années difficiles 1980 et au début des années 1990, en Ghana. Pendant ces années Anquandah avait un impact significatif sur le développement de l’archéologie en Ghana. En plus de sa recherche, son travail consultatif et de conservation, Professeur Anquandah jouait un rôle décisif dans la formation de trois génerations des archéologues ghanéens. Au cours d’une carrière professionelle couvrant presque six décennies, Professeur Anquandah rendait l’archéologie pertinente et accessible pour tous les Ghanéens.



I would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their comments. I would especially like to thank Adria LaViolette for her encouragement and support.

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  1. 1.Hampshire CollegeAmherstUSA

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