Revisiting Igbo Ukwu: A Lost Ancient Civilization

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Knowledge of history and the context in which things happened is essential in order to have a more balanced view of the world. One important site to the history of Ndi Igbo (Igbo people) is Igbo Ukwu (literally, the Great Igbo), where a number of original artifacts were found beginning in 1938.

“Igbo Ukwu is an archaeological site in Igboland, in Anambra State to be exact. These artifacts are dated to approximately 900 AD, but they may be much older(in fact I’m sure of it), and indicative of a lost ancient civilization in Igboland.

Strangely there isn’t much known about these artifacts beyond what you will find in standard Google searches. What you will generally find are brief descriptions of what was uncovered at Igbo Ukwu with some picures. Mind you there are hundreds of pieces, and you will not find them all online. Also, sadly, many of the Igbo Uwku artifiacts, our artifiacts, because these are indeed ours, are locked away in the British Museum.

Igbo Ukwu artifact

These pieces, which I believe to be indigenous productions, are vital in helping to reconstruct some of the ancient history of not only Igbos, but of the human existence within ancient Africa.”

To read more about Igbo Ukwu, visit this blog that deals with Igbo migrations, which is also listed in our related links page.

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7 responses »

  1. These artifacts are beautiful. The style looks quite different from most other African art that I have seen before, which tends to be more stylized. I am particularly intrigued by this because it shows the diversity of expression.

  2. IGBO-UKWU IS A TOWN BLESSED BY GOD ALMIGHTY BEFORE THE BEGINNING BEGAN, I AM HAPPY, PROUD AND BOLD TO BE A NATIVE OF IGBO-UKWU. LONG LIVE IGBO-UKWU, LONG LIVE THE CITIZENS, LONG LIVE OUR HISTORY. IN SHORT, IGBO-UKWU IS A TOWN THAT IS RECOGNIZED ALL OVER THE WORLD.

  3. AM PROUD TO BE A SON OF IGBO-UKWU SOIL. I LOVE MY TOWN I LOVE IGBO-UKWU. IT IS A TOWN BLESSED BY GOD ALMIGHTY BEFORE THE BEGINNING BEGAN, I AM HAPPY, PROUD AND BOLD TO BE A NATIVE OF IGBO-UKWU. LONG LIVE IGBO-UKWU, LONG LIVE THE CITIZENS, LONG LIVE OUR HISTORY. IN SHORT, IGBO-UKWU IS A TOWN THAT IS RECOGNIZED ALL OVER THE WORLD.

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