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Dr. Kodzo Gavua, Senior Lecturer


Ph.D. Archaeology (1990). Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary, Canada.
M.A. International Affairs (2000). Legon Centre for International Affairs, University of Ghana, Legon.
M.A. Archaeology (1985). Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary, Canada.
B.A. (Hons.). (1980). Second Class Upper Division in Archaeology and Philosophy. Department of Archaeology, University of Ghana, Legon.


Ethnoarchaeology, Public Archaeology, Visual Anthropology, Economic Anthropology


Graduate Courses

ARCH 602: Analysis and Interpretation of Material Culture
ARCH 603: Advanced Field Methods and Techniques
ARCH 605: Visual Anthropology
ARCH 608: Anthropology of Tourism
ARCH 609: Issues in Economic Anthropology

Undergraduate Courses

ARCH 304: Ethnoarchaeology of Africa
ARCH 305: Archaeological Method and Theory
ARCH 405: Archaeological Field Methods and Techniques
ARCH 417: Ethnographic Field Methods and Techniques
ARCH 402: Post-Field Laboratory Analysis


i. Archaeological survey of indigenous ironworking at Adome (Small London), Eastern Region of Ghana.

ii. A study of religion and identity in the Volta Region of Ghana.

iii. Ethnographic survey of the University of Ghana community.

iv. A study of the ‘Internal African Diaspora’ in Ghana.


Books Edited

D. Peterson and K. Gavua (editors). (Forthcoming). Politics of Heritage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Johnson, C, K. Gavua, and T. Oldknows (editors). 2006. Intercultural Perspectives on Ghana. The Scopcraeft Press: Portales.

Gavua, K. (editor). 2000. A Handbook of Eweland Vol. II: The Northern Ewes of Ghana. Woeli Publishing Services: Accra.

Peer Reviewed Book and Journal Articles

i. Gavua, K. 2012. “Ethnoarchaeology.” Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology. John Jackson Jr. (EIC) New York: Oxford University Press. www.oxfordbibliographies.com

ii. Gavua, K. (Forthcoming). Monuments and Negotiations of Power in Ghana. In Politics of Heritage, Derek Peterson and K. Gavua (editors). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

iii. Gavua, K. (Forthcoming). The Religious Factor in the Administration of German Togoland. In German Colonialism in West Africa: Implications for German-West African Partnership. Frankfort:Verlag Lip

iv. Gavua, K., and W. Apoh. 2011. Alternative Site Conservation Strategies in Ghana: The Adome Ancient Ironworking Site. In Archaeological Site Management in Sub-Saharan Africa - Special Issue of the Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, Vol. 13, Nos. 2-3. Pp 212-30.

v. Gavua, K. 2011. The Trade in Enslaved People and Socio-cultural Transformations in the Northern Volta Region of Ghana. In L. Pole and Z. Shearman (editors), Cargo: Excavating the Contemporary Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Plymouth and Devon. Plymouth: University of Plymouth Press.

vi. Apoh, W. and K. Gavua. 2010. Material Culture and Indigenous Spiritism: The Katamansu Archaeological “Otutu” (Shrine). African Archaeological Review. ISSN (Print) 1572-9842 – ISSN.

vii. Gavua, K. 2008. Researching the Internal African Diaspora in Ghana. In Timothy Insoll (ed.) Current Archaeological Research in Ghana: Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology, Vol. 74. Oxford: Archaeopress.

viii. Gavua, K. 2006. Rethinking African Archaeology from Inside Out. Online Publication: Society of Africanist Archaeologists. cohesion.rice.edu/CentersAndInst/SAFA/.../Gavua,K.SAfA2006.pdf

ix. Gavua, K. 2005. Oppression and the Struggle for Freedom in the Northern Volta Region of Ghana. In Agorsah, E.K and G.T. Childs (eds.). Africa and the African Diaspora: Cultural Adaptations and Resistance. Authorhouse: Bloomington. Pp 138-141.

x. Gavua, K. 2005. The Cultural Context of Economic Development in Ghana: Preliminary Observations. Journal of Environment and Culture, Vol. 2, No 2, pp 93-104.

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