In 1939, while digging a well in his compound in Igbo-Ukwu, an Igbo town in Anambra State, Nigeria Isiah Anozie discovered the archaeology of Igbo-Ukwu bronze artefacts, which were dated to the 9th century A.D.
The Igbos had a sophisticated society with surplus wealth supporting considerable craft. The earliest surviving Igbo art forms are from 9th century Igbo-Ukwu. The quality of those copper alloy castings suggest that Igbo society had already achieved a level of technology superior to contemporary Europeans.
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