Dean's Profile

Professor Kodzo Gavua, Dean of the School of Arts, is an archaeologist and ethnographer. He holds a PhD in archaeology and two master degrees in African archaeology and international affairs respectively, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in archaeology and philosophy. He is currently an Associate Professor of archaeology and heritage studies at the University of Ghana who specializes in public archaeology and focuses his research activities on interrelationships that may be found between cross-cultural interactions, cultural heritage, and economic development in Ghana and the West African sub-region.

Professor Gavua has been a visiting research scholar with the Sainsbury Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, the University of the Balearic Islands, Palma, Spain, and Indiana University, Bloomington, U.S.A., and was an Institute of Advanced Studies Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol, UK.

In addition to teaching and researching, Professor Gavua has served as head of the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Ghana and as president of the University of Ghana branch of the University Teachers Association of Ghana. He is a member of the University of Ghana Governing Council, consultant to the British Museum on its Ghana projects and Acting Chair of the National Theatre of Ghana Board.

Select Publications
Peterson, D., K. Gavua C. Rassool (editors). 2015. The Politics of Heritage in Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gavua, K. 2015. Monuments and Negotiations of Power in Ghana. In The Politics of Heritage in Africa. Peterson, D., K. Gavua and C. Rassool (editors). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 97 – 112.

Gavua, K. 2015. Material Expressions of Religious Identity in Ghana. In Theory in Africa, Africa in Theory: Locating Meaning in Archaeology. Wynne-Jones, S. and J.B. Fleisher (editors). London: Routledge. Pp. 137-155.

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

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

Gavua, K and B. Nutor. 2014. Bringing Archaeology to the People: Towards a Viable Public Archaeology in Ghana. In Current perspectives on the Archaeology of Ghana, edited by James Anquandah, Benjamin

Kankpeyeng and Wazi Apoh. Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies Reader, University of Ghana reader Series. Accra: Subsaharan Publishers, 256-62.

Gavua, K. 2013. The Religious Factor in the Administration of German Togoland. In German Colonialism in West Africa: Implications for German-West African Partnership. Apoh, W. and B. Lundt (editors). Frankfurt:Verlag Lip.

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

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.

Gavua, K. 2011. The Trade in Enslaved People and Socio-cultural Transformations in the Northern Volta Region of Ghana. In Cargo: Excavating the Contemporary Legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Plymouth and Devon. Pole, L. and Z. Shearman (editors). Plymouth: University of Plymouth Press. Pp. 92-109.

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

Gavua, K. 2008. Researching the Internal African Diaspora in Ghana. In Current Archaeological Research in Ghana: Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology, Vol. 74. Insoll T. (editor.) Oxford: Archaeopress. Pp 63-70.

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

David, N., J. A. Sterner, K. Gavua. 1988 – “Why Pots are Decorated”, Current Anthropology 29: 365–389.