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This paper reviews the results of the recent excavations at Igbo-Ukwu, from which large quantities of copper and bronze objects, glass and stone beads as well as highly decorated pottery were recovered. Although four out of five radiocarbon dates fall in the middle of the ninth century A.D., while the fifth one falls in the middle of the fifteenth century, other dating evidence-like the presence of European-type manilla and beads, and the preservation of highly perishable materials-such as textiles, thread and wood fragments-seem to suggest a much later date. Consequently, until some concrete evidence can be produced to support the ninth century date, we cannot jettison the fifteenth century date, which seems to be corroborated by the evidence of the manillas and beads.
The Journal of African History © 1973 Cambridge University Press