Nigeria’s mysterious Nok culture

Published on August 24th, 2009 | by Admin


German archaeologists are working to find out more about the mysterious 2,500-year-old Nok culture of Nigeria.

Some 2,500 years ago, a mysterious culture emerged in Nigeria. The Nok people left behind bizarre terracotta statues — and little else. German archaeologists are now looking for more clues to explain this obscure culture.

Half a ton of pottery shards is piled on the tables in Peter Breunig’s workroom on the sixth floor of the University of Frankfurt am Main. There are broken pots, other storage vessels, a clay lizard and fragments of clay faces with immense nostrils. The chipped head of a statue depicts an African man with a moustache, a fixed glare and hair piled high up on his head. He looks gloomy, almost sinister. Just a few days ago, the ceramics traveled 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles) by sea from Nigeria, where they were unearthed.

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One Response to Nigeria’s mysterious Nok culture

  1. Kaye Olule says:

    This work should have been carried out in Nigeria at the site of findings

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