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Hardcover with dust jacket, burgundy cloth with gilt titles, 16.5 by 24.7 cm, 147 black and white photographs and illustrations. Very good with faint yellowing to the endpapers; the price-clipped jacket with heavy fading on the spine. From the jacket: “Investigations carried out during the past forty years have shown Nigeria to be the country with the richest archaeological heritage south of the Sahara. Much of this material, however, is unpublished or published in specialist journals not always easy of access. The author, by tapping all the available sources, here gives us an overview which is concise, up-to-date and authoritative. The book opens with a description of the diverse environments found within the territory that determined the evolution of its inhabitants and their culture. Accidental discoveries brought to light the superb terracottas of the Nok Culture, and archaeological excavations have demonstrated that they are associated with the earliest iron-smelting in west Africa, in the middle of the first millennium BC. Those agricultural iron-using communities had long been established when, some eight or nine hundred years ago, trading contracts were made with the Islamic world, and there arose the societies of Igbo-Ukwu, Ife and Benin with centralized institutions that gave patronage to an incomparable flowering of art, especially in terracotta, bronze and brass. In conclusion professor saw stresses the need for archaeological work to be undertaken in northern Nigeria comparable with that carried out-increasingly by the Nigerians themselves - in the south of the country.