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Recreating Pre-colonial Forts and Castles: Heritage Policies and Restoration Practices in the Gold Coast/Ghana, 1945 to 1970s

  • Jon Olav Hove
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Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Abstract

This chapter analyses the management and restoration of ancient fortifications along the coast of the present-day Republic of Ghana from 1945 to the late 1970s when they were included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. It shows that these fortifications exist in Ghana today because they were preserved through use as administrative centres and disciplinary institutions by colonial and post-colonial regimes. Yet, restoration practices have generally sought to recreate the imagined pre-colonial “original” structures by removing newer additions. This recreation of the pre-colonial appearance has impacted on understandings of these forts and castles; rather than being monuments reflecting several periods, they are largely associated with the pre-colonial period.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon Olav Hove
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  1. 1.Department of Historical StudiesNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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