Asante Traditional Buildings
|Asante Traditional Buildings|
|Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List|
|UNESCO region||Ashanti region|
|Inscription||1980 (35th Session)|
The Asante Kingdom had its golden age in the 18th century, fell during the British occupation of the area from 1806 to 1901, and most Asante buildings of the period were destroyed during the area. Among other buildings, the royal mausoleum was destroyed by Baden-Powell in 1895.
The buildings were described as "home of men and gods", and are the last remains of the history and culture of the Asante people. The houses are built of clay, straw and wood, and are vulnerable to natural fluctuations. There is therefore a need for the preservation of the buildings.
- Michael Swithenbank. Ahanti fetish houses. Accra Ghana Univ Press, 1969
- About Ghana: World Heritage Sites
- conservation practice in Ghana, a case study: the fetish house at Asawasi (Ashanti) (article, pdf)