Stahl, Ann

Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department


Phone number: (250) 721-7057
Department: Anthropology

Research description:

- Archaeology
- Comparative colonialism
- Material cultural studies
- Africa
- Ghana

Expertise Profile
The outside observer may think that village life in West Africa hasn't changed much over the centuries, but anthropological archaeologist Ann Stahl sees change, continuity and connections to the rest of the world.

Specifically, Dr. Stahl leads a project looking at what villagers of the rural Banda area in west central Ghana have in connection to the larger world. She and her team of interdisciplinary researchers are also uncovering how Banda has been reshaped as a result of those connections.

In fact, one of the archaeological sites they excavated provides clues to dynamic daily life activities such as global trade and food production over the last 1,000 years - findings that challenge the idea that West African societies are unchanging.

"Archaeological sites are an important source of heritage to the communities," she says.

Dr. Stahl has also collected oral histories from the local families in Banda that were later published and distributed to the younger generations as a way for them to remember the stories of their communities.

Anthropology in general, she says, is an opportunity to learn about different ways of living and seeing the world. When teaching her students, Dr. Stahl raises the awareness of the diverse cultural practices involved in working with various communities.

Related Links
Dr. Stahl's Faces of UVic Research video:

International research:

Since the mid-1980s, Dr. Stahl has engaged in a community-based historical and archaeological study of how daily life in the rural Banda area of west central Ghana has been reshaped through West Africa's involvement in global trade (via trans-Saharan and later Atlantic networks) over the last thousand years.

Countries lived or worked in:

Dr. Stahl has worked in Ghana, Africa.

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