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Discovering The Legacies Of Slavery: The Role Of The Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project – NRNEWS

Professor Engmann a Ghanaian professor at the Stanford University in the United States of America was persuaded to undertake the project when she discovered why she bears a Danish name, Engmann which is inscribed on one of the cenotaphs at the Christiansborg castle at Osu in Accra Ghana. Professor Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann discovered that she is a direct descendant of the then Danish Governor Cal Gustav Engmann who was championing the sale of captive slaves in the 17th [...]

Self Discovery: The Role Of The Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project – Eagle Ghana

It is often said that, a people who do not know where they are coming from, would certainly not know where they are going. This saying is true for many especially people of the African descent, who as a result of cultural acculturation brought about by colonisation, have become oblivious of their true identity. CAHP studies the history and legacies of the transatlantic slave trade in the context of the Christiansborg Castle also known as the Osu Castle in [...]

We must prioritize our cultural heritage to drive development – Archaeologist – CNR CITI NEWSROOM

Professor Rachel Ama Engmann, a respected archaeologist of Ghanaian-Osu descent, has underscored the profound significance of art, painting, and photography in preserving and safeguarding cultural heritage across nations. In her view, the domains of art, painting, and photography remain potent instruments capable of capturing moments, history, and heritage, thereby providing inspiration to future generations. She emphasized that safeguarding a nation’s cultural heritage stands as a fundamental pillar for fostering unity within the country, enhancing national cohesion, and invigorating the [...]

Express News Ghana – CAHP Excavation Stands to Boost Ghana’s Tourism – Prof. Engmann

The Director of Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project (CAHP), Professor Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann explains that the excavation of archeological artifacts over the last nine years at Osu castle can benefit tourism in the area. The government initiative to convert the castle to a museum would attract tourists. It would be a vibrant resource to showcase the historical journey of Ghana with the Danish, the Europeans and the British during the pre and the post-slavery periods. Professor Engmann stated that [...]

Republic Online – CAHP initiative creating employment and promoting education in Osu

With support from the Osu community, CAHP is breaking down barriers in the areas of archeology and education. The project is also serving as a source of employment for the youth. Presently more than 30 community members are employed. The excavation is unearthing the history of the Danish Transatlantic Slave Trade, British Colonialism, and post-independence Ghana at Osu Castle. Over nine years over 180,000 artifacts have been unearthed. A library has been established. Its purpose is to  help children [...]

CAHP Excavation Stands to Boost Ghana’s Tourism-Prof Engmann – Express News Ghana

The Director of Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project (CAHP), Professor Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann has said, the excavation of the Archeological artifacts at the Osu Castle would go a long way to boost Ghana’s tourism sector. According to her, the ongoing excavation at the Osu Castle, would not only help to re-write a country’s history through the discovery of artifacts of the remains of early occupants but would in a way open the country to tourists to know the historical [...]

Express News Ghana – We Must Preserve Our Culture Heritage – Prof Ama Engmann

The Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project (CAHP) is engaged in a project to paint the walls of Osu castle with depictions of Ghanaian history and culture. 10 ancestral homes have so far been selected. The paintings depict warriors, scholars, physicians, steel workers, fishermen and fishmongers, food vendors, and tailors, and others. Prof. Engmann stated that preserving the cultural heritage of the country was an essential cultural base that can enhance the cohesion of the nation. It will boost tourism and [...]

Osu Castle featured in My Publisher 24

Critical Heritage Scholar, Practitioner and the Director of the Christianborg Archeological Heritage Project, Professor Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann made the call to the government to speed up the conversion of Osu Castle to a museum. she explained that over 180,000 artifacts are already available for display. Full article HERE

Republic Online – Prof. Engmann – An incredible 180,000 artifacts discovered at Osu castle

Director of the Christiansborg Archeological Heritage Project, Professor Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann stated that so far 180,000 artifacts had been unearthed at Osu castle. She called on the government to speed up the conversion of the castle into a museum. This will boost tourism and help to portray the rich history of the area. Professor Engmann was speaking after a tour of a new community based project to decorate the walls with paintings. The murals portray the history of [...]

CAHP featured in Ghana News Agency – promoting tourism through art paintings at Osu castle

The Christiansburg Archaeological Heritage Project (CAHP) is promoting tourism by documenting the history of the castle. They are painting murals on the surrounding walls and this is promoting tourism which helps the local community. They include the stories of the historian Randoph and Victor Nanka-Bruce, a famous physician, politician and journalist from the area. The same project has established a library. This provides local children with tools to develop art skills and other learning. "This year we decided to [...]

Life Outside the Castle

At Christiansborg Castle, a community that embodied the complexity of the transatlantic slave trade is being uncovered by descendants of those who created it. Along a stretch of the West African coast known to European explorers and traders as “White Man’s Grave” due to its association with death from malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and heat exhaustion, Danish soldiers and merchants built a fortified structure called Christiansborg Castle in 1661. The building survives to this day in what is now [...]

Rewriting Ghanaian History Through Archaeological Excavation

Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project Director, Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann has said it is necessary to re-write a country’s history through discovering of artifacts and remains of early occupants. Speaking at an archaeological excavation at Christiansborg castle, she said she hope to have the artifacts discovered displayed at the museum as part of the government initiative announced in 2016 to avert the castle into a museum to display and reserve  the rich heritage of Ghana. The Christiansborg archaeological heritage project started [...]

Ongoing archaeological excavation at Osu Castle unique – Archaeologist

An ongoing archaeological excavation at the Christiansborg Castle at Osu has been described as unique. In a report by, it stated that the uniqueness of the project stems from the fact that all members of the team have personal connections with the site. Leading the project which is known as the Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project, is a United States-based Ghanaian archaeological professor, Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann. The report added that this is the fifth stage of a project [...]

Link to the past: The Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project

Archaeology is a very interesting discipline that is sadly misunderstood by most Ghanaians. It really isn’t because of overall ignorance but it is mostly because people do not see its importance to their day-to-day activities. I have, in fact, met many people who have quite innocently asked, Is Archaeology important at all in Ghana?  What do we have that you need to study? Well, we have quite a lot if you ask me. Source: Radio Universe Read The Article [...]

Archaeologist initiates project to document information on Osu Castle

A United States-based Ghanaian archaeological professor has started the fifth stage of a project to document the artifacts and heritage information about the Christiansborg Castle. Prof. Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann, who is leading the Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project, said the exercise had become necessary because the country relied mostly on oral tradition which could be distorted. Source: GRAPHIC ONLINE Read the article

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