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Protecting Cameroon’s Heritage: A Contemporary Approach Público Deposited

This report, through a case study of Cameroon, reviews the efficacy of traditional solutions to current threats in light of the most recent challenges facing cultural heritage preservation work. Reflecting on original interviews of select archaeologists, market stakeholders, and local representatives, I assess the challenges and possible solutions for combating threats to cultural heritage. Conclusively, the data indicates that the established methods for stopping the looting of antiquities in West Africa, as expressed in the literature, are not accurate with respect to the problem on the ground. Ultimately, this paper has two major findings. First, the people of Cameroon need opportunities to engage regional stakeholders in a constructive dialogue about heritage threats. This dialogue must be inclusive of local voices to end the exploitative cycle in Africa and create functional solutions for those affected. Once the immediate obstacles are understood, joint efforts to conceive and carry out projects must occur at the local level in order to create sustainable systems to protect Cameroon’s heritage in perpetuity. Though the scope of research here was limited to Cameroon, this is a regional issue. Poor implementation in one state opens a gateway for regional crime.

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  • 4502910.4079_2578-9201.1(2023).09
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