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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 [...]

Archaeological Excavation in Osu Castle, Accra-Ghana: Recounting Ghana’s History

Africa history is not literate. Therefore, some of the ways to recount Africa's history is through archaeology and its findings of relevant artifact. This project is a community based project started in 2014 under Rachel Ama Saa Engmann (PhD) Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project Director. Source: Centrikan TV

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

Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project collects 1,800 artifacts for Danish-Ghanaian history

The Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project, led by Professor Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann, has collected 1,800 artifacts in the Osu Castle to educate the public on occurrences during the Danish-Gold Coast slave trade period. The artifacts, including Bristo Schweppes bottles and bottles of mineral water, cowries, beads, writing slates, mugs and saucers, smoking pipes and simple farm tools like hoes, were believed to be items the Danish colonial masters and their servants used while residing at the Castle. The Project, [...]

Prince Charles visits Christiansborg Castle 3 November 2018

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, visited Christiansborg Castle as part of his three country African tour.  The castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, former seventeenth century European trading post, Danish and British colonial seat of government administration, and Office of the President of the Republic of Ghana.  Today, it is locally known as ‘The Castle’ or ‘Osu Castle’. Prince Charles was escorted by Dr. Hon. Zanetor Agyeman-Rawlings, the Member of Parliament for the Klottey Korle constituency, who [...]

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