Ghana earthen heritage diagnosis
In the framework of the FSPI “Sankofa project”, the French Embassy in Ghana commissioned CRAterre to diagnose some of the ancient earthen mosques on behalf of the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board (GMMB), in order to propose appropriate conservation strategies, and the eventual preparation of a World Heritage nomination file. To carry out this diagnosis, the Embassy funded a two-week mission for 1 CRAterre expert (M. Sebastien MORISET) and 2 GMMB staff members (M. Bernard SACKEY, principal curator based in Accra and M. Francis KWARAYIRE, head of the GMMB Kumasi regional office). The initial plan was to diagnose only 3 mosques, namely Wa-Dondoli, Bole and Banda Nkwanta. However, during the preparation of the mission, it became obvious that this selection was restrictive and that it would be more appropriate to look at all the mosques in order to better assess the condition of the entire range of properties, rather than a small sample that would not necessarily be representative. Seeing all the mosques also allowed for a better assessment of the World Heritage enlisting potential, following the inscription of the Côte d’Ivoire mosques in July 20211. Mr Kwarayire, who is responsible for the conservation of the Asante traditional buildings (ATBs) being part of this mission, he insisted that we also take a look at them. Given CRAterre’s experience with the ATBs2, we could not afford to decline his request. Thus, a mission initially planned to diagnose 3 mosques turned into a mission to diagnose 8 mosques, the Wa palace and the 10 Asante traditional buildings.
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