MASU - Dr. Samuel N. Nkumbaan - Archaeological Investigations at Tando Fagusa, Komaland, Northern Ghana
Friday, April 27, 2018 12:00 PM
225 Eggers Hall
Moynihan Institute Of Global Affairs and MASU welcomes Dr. Samuel N. Nkumbaan
My talk focuses
on Tando Fagusa, a 6th to 10th Century AD site in Northern Ghana. The site
contains unique anthropomorphic and zoomorphic terracotta figurines alongside
other archaeological materials. These are suggestive of precursors to social
complexity prior to the period of contact with the Saharan World. Tando Fagusa
has multiple mounds, which have been identified as characteristic of settlement
and “stone circle” mounds. Some research interprets the stone circle mounds as
burials or shrines, but I propose that this is far from conclusive, and I
interrogate this hypothesis through comparative data from other settlement
Dr. Samuel N.
Nkumbaan is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of
Rochester. He earned his B.A., MPhil, and PhD degrees at the University of
Ghana where he is a lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage
Studies. Dr. Nkumbaan was previously a Fellow of the University of Michigan
African Presidential Scholars (UMAPS) Program. He presented and published
widely on cultural resource management, historical archaeology, and
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