Travel to an Excavation Site
 
        The author of Art of Nok Culture: art in Nigeria 2,500 years ago Gert Chesi was able to travel to Nigeria and see for herself the condition of excavations, Before seeing the excavations sites she envisioned large vast excavations locations that employed forty or so archeologists. However, she was grossly mistaken.  She found the dig sites to be understaffed and spread over large areas. The geography is very diverse with large savannahs punctuated by large rock formation and green agricultural areas. She wondered how discoveries could be made over such a large region and how do you do research. She came to the conclusion that you cant do any research. Many archeologists track down framers and look for small mounds of stones that they remove while preparing the fields for planting. Nok fragments are scattered in with those rocks and are easily recognizable. Chesi noted these rock piles were often found in regions with prominent landscapes such as “flat plateaus at the foot of the rock formation devoid of vegetation.” Most of the time Nok settlements were located on elevated lands so that the people would have advanced visibility and could see any approaching foreigners. Currently the plateaus are used to grow ginger, maize, and millet. (3)
 
 
3.    Chesi, Gert and Merzeder, Gerhard. The Nok Culture: art in Nigeria 2,500 years ago. Munich: Prestal, 2006.