Historical Archaeology in Nigeria : Historical archaeology is experiencing a surge of interest in West Africa, after decades of relative obscurity. The papers in this volume represent the most recent findings by scholars who are committed to melding written history, oral tradition, and archaeological data into a dynamic understanding of the recent centuries in Nigeria. The case studies here range from the coast of Lagos State, through the Yoruba island once dominated by Oyo and Ibadan, to Benin City, seat of the great pre-colonial empire; north to Zungeru, seat of colonial administration under Lord Lugard, and the Jos Platwau, homeland of the Ron people; and south again to the Niger Delta, where the Nigerian people first began their historic interaction with Portuguese explorers. These papers demonstrate that historical archaeology will make a critical contribution to exploring the heritage of modern West Africa, from pre-colonial states and empires, through the years of European trade and colonization, into the modern era.
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