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Patrimoine à venir: l'archéologie comme vecteur du développement durable (le cas de la région Bassar, Nord-Togo)

Abstract : In West Africa, the region of Bassar (northern Togo) is one of the oldest iron production centres - the iron working began in the 5th century BC - and the most important - about 50,000 tonnes of iron were produced there during the 2nd millennium AD. The scientific data making it possible to trace its history have been revealed by numerous multidisciplinary researches (ethnology, history, archaeology, geology, etc.) which started at the end of the 19th century. They highlight an extraordinary intangible heritage (memory of rituals and know-how) and tangible heritage (mines, iron workshops, furnaces, hammers and anvils, iron objects). However, even if preserving and enhancing these treasures of the past seems obvious, the implementation of actions in this direction is not easy. This article proposed by six authors aims to show the importance of establishing a dialogue between researchers and heritage conservation officers in order to contribute to the cultural and economic development of local authorities. This synergy can play a role in empowering future generations, linking people and strengthening the resilience of societies to current and future changes. Thus, the article begins with a review of the knowledge acquired and being acquired on the history of the steel industry in the Bassar region. It continues with a presentation of the preservation actions already carried out on this territory. And finally, it ends with scientific research and commercialization projects.
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Pakou Haréna, Leberama Bakrobena, Caroline Robion-Brunner, Lantame Bassabi, Kandjime Konlani, et al.. Patrimoine à venir: l'archéologie comme vecteur du développement durable (le cas de la région Bassar, Nord-Togo). Journal de la recherche scientifique de l'Université de Lomé, Université de Lomé, 2019, 21 (2), pp.93-123. ⟨hal-02884843⟩

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