Not easy to get meanings One of the defects of ethnography is the study of present day social institution does not give the exact meanings to some traditional practices.
For instance, by the 13th century AD, the Sultans of the East African Coast had their own mint of coins for producing their coins for trade and other purposes. Such details are necessary since they constitute first-hand information as the events happened before their own eyes i.
For instance it is established that Tetteh Quarshie brought cocoa to Ghana from Fernando Po but another source have it that the Basel missionaries brought cocoa from Surinam before Tetteh Quarshie. In conclusion, we can deduce that both documentary and non-documentary evidence must be used to complement each other in the writing of African history.
Some court officials include the linguist okyeamecourt heralds esen and executioners abrafo in the Akan states. Personal Observation and Records Through personal observation by visiting places of historical importance like slave sites, castles, forts etc.
Generalizations A remarkable problem associated with ethnobotany is generalization. Promotion of Research Written sources of African history promote research work. This supports the claim of Guan oral tradition that they occupied the highlands of the Ga state prior to the arrival of the Ga.
Borrowing of words Linguistics again helps to throw light on the relationships that have existed between peoples e. Preservation for longer periods. This helps historians to know and determine the eating habits and occupations of the early inhabitants of the Saharan regions.
Reconnaissance involves the process of discovering sites and plotting them for digging.
Inevitably there has been the historians own individuality added to each piece of history he complies and as E.