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Title:Report on the second season of rescue excavations at Ladoku, Eastern Accra Plains, Ghana
Author:Boachie-Ansah, J.
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Ghana
archaeological artefacts
Abstract:Rescue excavations conducted at Ladoku - a Dangme settlement site in Ghana's Eastern Accra Plains - in June 2001 have produced finds similar to those excavated in 2000. The finds are described, and their implications as they relate to settlement history, chronology, subsistence, trade and origins of the site's inhabitants are discussed. The locally manufactured pottery consists of Cherekecherete Ware (dated to the 14th and 15th centuries AD at Kpone and Tema South-West) and pottery of a type characteristic of 16th and 17th-century sites in the Accra Plains. The former pottery is ancestral to the latter, and its association with early Dangme settlements suggests that the Dangme have been established in the Accra Plains for quite a long time. European glazed pottery and bottles, dated to between 1830 and 1930, indicate that the site continued to be occupied into the early 20th century and was not abandoned in the early 18th century as claimed by P. Ozanne. Shells found in the excavations belong to species which inhabit mangroves, lagoons and estuaries and give credence to the claim that deep sea fishing was unpopular in the Eastern Accra Plains because of the violent storms at sea. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]