Prince Charles met with the Project Director and Principal Investigator, Professor Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann, as well as Benjamin Richter and Ludvig Lutterodt of the Christiansborg Archaeological Heritage Project. Professor Engmann is the great, great, great, great, great granddaughter of Carl Gustav Engmann (1752-7), a Danish Governor at Christiansborg Castle and Board Director of the Danish Slave Trade Organization (1766-1769), and Ashiokai Ahinaekwa, the Osu Chief’s daughter. Other team members include the local community and other Danish-Ga direct descendants who lived in the area surrounding the castle in the C18th and who continue to do so today.
Prince Charles examined the cistern and its inscription constructed under Governor Engmann. The Prince also spent time examining some of the artifacts excavated by the team including European and African beads and smoking pipes, European, African and Chinese ceramics, European glassware and other small finds, such as cowrie shells, faunal remains, coins and more.
It is intended that the excavated artefact collection will contribute to the government and traditional council’s plans to develop the castle into a museum.
A keen archaeology enthusiast, Prince Charles engaged with the team in a discussion over archaeology and his experiences as an archaeologist in his younger days. Prince Charles demonstrated his interest in the eighteenth century British smoking pipes and the various ceramics on display, including those which would have been used when Ghana was a former British colony, as well as those used in the post-independence period. Prince Charles also expressed his delight in the fact that the local community is playing an active role as researchers in the project.