W4 Archaeology in the News Post

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/07/20/486670144/an-archaeological-mystery-in-ghana-why-didn-t-past-droughts-spell-famine

In the Banda district of west-central Ghana, there has been a harsh drought for the last forty years. July is known as the food shortage month and many residents currently suffer during this period. Archeologists have found that this has not always been the case. This region achieved food security for most residents 500 years ago even though there was an even worse drought during that period than the one today. So the big question is what changed. The answer that they came up with was the introduction of British colonialism. I think that most people view the progression of British colonialism as always being progressive; but as we have learned in class human progress has gone up and down through time. This area used to be prosperous during harsher conditions so long ago. Politics and governments all throughout history has deeply affected the daily lives of the common people. So much so that an area can lose it ability to function in such a short amount of time. This reminds me of the city Teotihuacan from the movie ‘The Hearth’ that we watched this week. The city was so big and prosperous and now it is an ancient site.

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  1. Progress, though usually a good thing, can inadvertently have undesired consequences. I think most people would agree that causing this area to be infertile was not a goal of British colonialism. However even though this colonialism brought many good things for its people, it also had undesired consequences. This makes me wonder which things/ways of life that we have now that will no longer be viable in the future. We must make every effort to understand the full scope of what we are doing and what consequences it may have. If we are conscious of this, we will be able to preserve ways of life that may otherwise be in danger.

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