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New work on the Igbo village arena, Nigeria

Posted on 5 June 2018

John Kelechi Ugwuanyi publishes new research

Our PhD student John Kelechi Ugwuanyi, with his supervisor John Schofield have published new research on the cultural significance of the Igbo village area.

Their paper, in the leading journal World Archaeology sheds new light on how this vital cultural space should be interpreted, and its continuing relevance today. John Kelechi Ugwuanyi, otherwise a lecturer at the University of Nigeria, explains that this new research, based on fieldwork in Nigeria in 2017, demonstrates "the vital significance of indigenous heritage practices, and therefore also the places where they are performed, to Igbo culture".

John Schofield considers it "an outstanding example of the central role that heritage plays in society, and a demonstration of the complex ways that tangible and intangible heritage (in this case places and practices) are interdependent and inseparable."

Read the article in World Archaeology at