Archaeological Research in Akwa Ibom State: A Call for Attention
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Archaeological Research in Akwa Ibom State: A Call for Attention

  • Author(s): Akpan, Otobong Enefiok
  • et al.
Abstract

In discussing the cultural and historical development of a place, it is important to note that in a company of written records and oral traditions, the archaeological record plays a critical part in illuminating the past. Archaeological research in Nigeria dates back to the precolonial period, and over time, several discoveries have been made in different locations reflecting the history and culture of ancient Nigeria. However, when examining the archaeological discoveries and sites within the country, we observe the nonexistence of significant examples of archaeological evidence peculiar to Akwa Ibom State. This shows that the place of archaeology has been neglected over time, and an obvious void does exist. Why is this so in Akwa Ibom State? What factors led to the neglect or deficiency and how can these be tackled? This article brings this dearth to the fore and calls the attention of designated authorities, relevant institutions, stakeholders within the state, and archaeologists within the country to this all-important issue that lies unexplored. A response to this call will significantly improve the cultural and historical development and, in the long run, give global recognition to the state and country at large.

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