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  1. The Rulers of Ife: The Traditional and Adaptive Roles of the Ooni

    Ife is an ancient city of the Yoruba located in the south-western part of modern day Nigeria. Based on the archaeological evidence, the urbanization of the site may be dated back to around 500 AD. The ruler of Ife is known as the Ooni, and is believed to be a direct descendant of the Yoruba god Oduduwa. In one version of the Yoruba creation story, this deity plays an important role in the making of human beings.

    dhwty - 03/10/2015 - 03:48

  2. The Benin Bronzes: A Tragic Story of Slavery and Imperialism Cast in Brass

    The Benin Bronzes is the name given to a group of artifacts produced by the Benin Empire, which occupied the area which is today Nigeria. The Benin Bronzes consist of several thousand commemorative plaques and sculptures that were made of brass of variable composition (despite being called ‘bronzes’). Whilst such metalwork has already been produced by the craftsmen of the Benin Empire as early as the 13th century, many of the Benin Bronzes were created between the 15th and 16th centuries.

    dhwty - 08/08/2017 - 22:55

  3. Oshun, African Goddess of Love and Sweet Waters

    Across many ancient civilizations throughout the world, love was placed under the domain of a certain deity, usually, but not in all cases, a goddess. In the Classical world, for instance, there were Venus and Aphrodite, love goddesses of the Roman and Greek pantheons respectively. In the ancient Near East, love was personified in such goddesses as Ishtar and Astarte. Further afield in West Africa, the Yoruba people believe in a love goddess by the name of Oshun.

    dhwty - 15/04/2015 - 14:07

  4. 1000-year-old Glass Beads Provide First Evidence of Glassmaking Development in Sub-Saharan West Africa

    A newly found treasure trove of more than 10,000 colorful glass beads and evidence of glassmaking tools, makes scientists think that an ancient city in southwestern Nigeria was one of the first places in West Africa to ace the complicated art of glassmaking.

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 14/06/2017 - 23:01

  5. Lost in the Mists of Time: The Ancient Sao Civilization in Central Africa

    The Sao Civilization was an ancient culture located in Central Africa, in an area which is today partly owned by the countries of Cameroon and Chad. They settled along the Chari River, which is located to the south of Lake Chad. The modern Kotoko people, an ethnic group located in Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria, claim ethnic descent from the ancient Sao. According to their tradition, the Sao were a race of giants that used to inhabit the area to the south of Lake Chad, between the northern regions of both Nigeria and Cameroon.

    dhwty - 26/09/2015 - 04:01

  6. Secret Stash of Lethal Poisons Hidden in 17th Century Book. Was This Really an Assassin's Cabinet?

    ... Five Drawers The first drawer contained Hyoscyamus Niger , a poisonous plant commonly called Henbane or Stinking Nightshade (part ... ingredient for beer, some German brewers used Hyoscyamus Niger because, in small doses, it caused a sensation of giddiness. ...

    Kerry Sullivan - 20/03/2017 - 17:58

  7. Experts May Have Identified the Long Lost Tomb of Romulus, Founder of Rome

    ... of the Roman Emperors in the Forum.  It is near the Lapis Niger, an ancient shrine with the oldest Latin inscription that ‘’was ... religious assemblies were held in Rome. The Lapis Niger (i.e. Black Stone), an ancient inscription in Old Latin from a cultic ...

    Ed Whelan - 15/02/2019 - 23:00

  8. Modern Humans Emerged More than 300,000 Years Ago New Study Suggests

    ... Y Chromosome Map showing the localization of Niger Congo subgroups and important single languages of that family. ( CC ...

    ancient-origins - 29/09/2017 - 01:52

  9. Modern Hindus Forbidden From Eating Beef But Ancient Hindus Ate the Sacred Cow

    Wendy Doniger /The Conversation  

    ancient-origins - 30/07/2017 - 02:02

  10. The Ancient Tuaregs, Lost Lords of the Sahara

    ... south-west. By the 11 th century, the Tuaregs arrived in Niger, and were recorded to have even founded the city of Timbuktu. The arrival ... decades. This rebellion was also underway in neighbouring Niger, where initial efforts to integrate Tuaregs into the new country had gone ...

    dhwty - 13/04/2015 - 14:57

  11. Israeli town of Yavneh had thriving drug culture 3,000 years ago

    ... culture in Tiwanaku, Bolivia Hyoscyamus niger plant ( Wikimedia Commons ) Dr Devori Namdar of the Earth ...

    Joanna Gillan - 05/09/2018 - 16:47

  12. Mansa Musa: The Richest Man in History

    ... the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, and Senegal – an empire over 2,000 miles across. In addition ...

    Kerry Sullivan - 20/10/2016 - 00:49

  13. The highly advanced and mysterious ancient civilization of the Nok

    The remarkable civilization of the Nok was first discovered in 1928 when a wealth of unique terracotta artefacts was unearthed by tin miners in the southern part of Kaduna state in central Nigeria.

    aprilholloway - 22/07/2013 - 06:23

  14. Did West Africans live in Four Corners Region of the United States from 12th Century?

    ... must have been immense, because the average boat on the Niger, in the 1500's A.D., could carry 80 men. This means that anywhere between ... left the city of Niani, by canoe and traveled down the Niger to the Gulf of Guinea. From here the expeditionary force was probably ...

    Clyde Winters - 03/07/2016 - 00:57

  15. New Necropolis Containing at Least Seventeen Mummies Unearthed in Egypt

    Archaeologists have discovered nearly 20 mummies in a complex of catacombs in Minya province, south of Cairo. The ancient artifacts were reportedly found at the Tuna Al-Gabal site at the city in Upper Egypt and it is believed that they date from the Late Period.

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 14/05/2017 - 04:16

  16. Genghis Khan Not the Only Genes in Town - Genetic Founding Fathers of Asia were Mystery Men

    Genghis Khan was not just an infamously ruthless warrior, and founder of the largest contiguous empire in history, but was also a prolific father as well, siring so many children that now 0.5 percent of the male population around the world are reportedly directly descendant from him.

    lizleafloor - 29/01/2015 - 22:12

  17. Sea-Farers from the Levant: Do Ancient Inscriptions Rewrite History of the Americas? - Part 2

    ... in West Africa was via the city of Niani (Niamey), down the Niger River to the Gulf of Guinea and then to the Americas via the Guinea or ... Atlantic Ocean, enters the Gulf of Guinea close to the Niger River Delta! Is this an invisible thread inexorably linking the ...

    William James Veall - 19/05/2015 - 03:50

  18. Medicinal Use of Narcotics Unearthed at Ottoman Archaeological Site in Turkey

    ... in Asia. Henbane, whose botanical name is Hyoscyamus niger, is a member of the Solanaceae order of plants, which originated in ...

    aprilholloway - 09/08/2015 - 00:38

  19. How the most important plant for Prehistoric Man migrated across the planet

    The bottle gourd, otherwise known as the calabash plant, was prehistoric man’s most useful plant. It is believed to be the first cultivated plant in the world, and may have been domesticated even earlier than food crops and livestock.  Its’ hard-skinned fruit was used to make water bottles, spoons, pipes, containers, musical instruments, and ornaments. They were also used to make pontoons in ancient Egypt, swimming aids by the Romans, birdhouses by Native Americans, and more recently as motorcycle helmets in Nigeria.

    aprilholloway - 16/02/2014 - 23:19

  20. The British Museum Distorts History and Denies its Racist Past

    Thomas Melin/ University of Gothenburg

    The British Museum in London is rewriting history to appear in a better light and defend itself against demands to return objects to their countries of origin. This is the conclusion of a new PhD thesis in archaeology from the University of Gothenburg.

    ancient-origins - 19/09/2016 - 03:45