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Title:Nigerian traditional architecture: an overview of settlement layouts and house types
Authors:Okpoko, A. IkechukwuISNI
Ekechukwu, L.C.
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:settlement patterns
Abstract:This paper, which is mainly a review of existing literature, examines the various traditional house types and settlement layouts in Nigeria as important manifestations of Nigerian traditional architecture. It pays attention to the centre or village/town square; settlement types and factors influencing patterns of settlement; and the house types of northern Igboland, southern Igboland, the Niger Delta, the Yoruba, the Edo, the Middle Belt region, the Nupes, the Kanuris, the Hausa, and the cattle Fulani. It also highlights some of the efforts made to conserve Nigeria's traditional architectural heritage in the face of the threats from outside, paying attention to the Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture (MOTNA) Project, the Centre for Earth Construction Technology Project, and the Museum-Village Project. Bibliogr.