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Characterisation of clay figurines from Koma Land of Ghana

Jun 14, 2022, 10:00 AM
20m
Board Room C (IAEA Headquarters)

Board Room C

IAEA Headquarters

POSTER Track 2: Interpretation, presentation and dissemination of the scientific results Poster session

Speaker

Dr Christian Kwasi Nuviadenu (Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Ghana)

Description

The clay statuettes left behind by settlers in the Mamprugu Moagduri District of northern Ghana over 1000 years ago raise more questions than they answer. The folks who created the figurines are unknown.
Some have ascribed the development of the various mounds of buried figurines to Komaland being the point of gathering of slaves who brought these sculptures from their homes, while others have related it to trade with the other towns north of ancient Ghana.
This ongoing collaborative research project on characterization of some ancient clay figurines from Yikpabongo, in Koma Land of Ghana seeks, among other things, to answer the question of “who manufactured these figurines?”. Different analytical methods, including ion beam analysis approach, are being employed for the study of the figurines.
Chemical signatures of soil samples, primarily clay samples, dug from Koma Land, where the majority of Ghana's figurines were discovered, are compared to those of the figurines with the aim of establishing their provenance.

Primary author

Dr Christian Kwasi Nuviadenu (Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Ghana)

Co-authors

Dr Joseph Bremang Tandoh (Accelerator Research Centre, National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission) Dr Hyacinthe Ahiamadjie (Accelerator Research Centre, National Nuclear Research Institute, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission) Mr Benjamin Kankpeyeng (Department of Archaeology, University of Ghana) Amos Forson (Ghana Atomic Energy Commission) Mr Frederico Bernardini (Multidisciplinary Laboratory, Abdus Salam Internal Centre for Theoretical Physics) Mr Claudio Tuniz (Multidisciplinary Laboratory, Abdus Salam Internal Centre for Theoretical Physics)

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