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West African Journal of Archaeology

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Land settlement -- Ghana -- Social aspects, Villages -- Ghana, Ghana -- Rural conditions, Rural land use -- Ghana, Ghana -- Social life and customs -- History


The ability to explain the structural and processual consequences of human activities in terrestrial space has now become an absolutely necessary condition for archaeological reconstruction and generalisations. It is vital not only for speculating about the past but also for discussing and planning mankind's current and future welfare. Although some elements of human behaviour can be attributed t.o unique factors, recent studies confirm the conviction that principles which govern human spatial behaviour are generally, applicable. Spatial archaeology has been one of the main aspects o( such recent studies (Plog 1971, Hillier et al 1972, Hodder & Orton 1976, Clarke 1977, Agorsah 1983) and constitutes an indication of the importance of this conviction in practical terms. This paper will evolve around the above conviction with emphasis on circularly casual relationships between the dynamic physical development of the house form vis-a-vis the social context.

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