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Title:Preliminary survey of Ogurugu, Anambra Valley, Nigeria
Author:Okpoko, A. IkechukwuISNI
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:Test excavations (one trench at Atida and three test pits at Obatamu sites, Ogurugu, Nigeria) were sunk in order to test a suggestion of oral traditions that Ogurugu culture history is represented by two phases (preimmigrant and immigrant) and to reconstruct aspects of the ways of life of past inhabitants of Ogurugu. But the cultural materials recovered from the two sites (especially from Atida) were inadequate for quantitative comparative studies and the pottery sequence does not confirm the oral traditional information. However, cowrie shells which occur at the upper levels of Obatamu, and Atida mounds, suggest placement of the upper levels of these mounds to a period after AD 1800 and the lower levels to pre AD 1800. These dates seem to be in accord with oral traditional information which maintains that Atida was one of the immigrant quarters established by Onoja Oboni and his followers/captives (most likely in the 18th/19th centuries AD). Bibliogr.