The Department of Physics KNUST in collaboration with the Department of Archeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana, and the KNUST Geophysical Society launched the maiden edition of the KNUST SEG Field Camp on 1st July 2022. The project is funded by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) through their Foundation and will be open to all geoscience students in Ghana. The KNUST SEG Field Camp aims to advance the field of geophysics and geoarchaeology and also train a new generation of geoscientists by exploring the use of geophysics for archaeological investigations related to slavery in the southeastern part of Ghana. Tracing the different slave routes and the living condition of enslaved people is essential for enriching historical contexts and providing a proper understanding of the varied nature of the trade-in of enslaved peoples. This project will help in the discovery of relics of slavery such as shackles, rifles, unearthed remains, pottery, beads, and evidence of cultural practices which will throw light on the living conditions of slaves.
In his welcome address, the Head of Department for Physics, Prof. Reuben Yao Tamakloe expressed his delight in the launching of the field camp because it will continue to keep the Department at the forefront of geophysical research and training in Ghana.
Dr Cyril D. Boateng, the project lead and a lecturer in the Department of Physics gave an overview on how the project will be run. He said the project will significantly impact the growth of geophysics and geoarchaeology in slavery-related heritage studies in the West African region. Dr Boateng expressed his appreciation to all who have been involved in making the project possible, the SEG Foundation, the Provost of the College of Science, the Head of Physics Department, Office of Grants and Research, and partners such as Prof Wazi Apoh from Department of Archeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana. Other collaborators on the project in KNUST are Prof Wemegah, Prof Aning, Mr. Vandycke Asare and the KNUST Geophysical Society. Dr Boateng also said the project will contribute to the achievement of SDGs 4, 10 and 11.
Prof A. Acheampong Aning, the Coordinator of the Geophysics Unit reiterated the commitment of the Geophysics Unit to the training and development of young geophysicists and to research for sustainable development. Mr. Gad Thompson, the president of KNUST Geophysical Society, emphasized the relevance of application of geophysical techniques to national development and further called for the preservation and maintenance of our heritage.
The Provost of the College of Science, Prof Leonard Amekudzi, congratulated the project Lead and the team from the Geophysics Unit of the Department of Physics. He officially declared the 1st KNUST SEG Geophysics Field Camp duly launched and applications open. Apply to join the 1st KNUST SEG Geophysics Field Camp and complete the process.