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Title:Exploring frontiers of archaeology and cultural resource management: untold stories of the Esie stone figurines
Authors:Aleru, J.O.
Adekola, K.
Periodical:Journal of environment and culture (ISSN 1597-2755)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:archaeological artefacts
cultural heritage
Abstract:The north central Yorubaland homeland of the Igbomina Yoruba, in the modern Kwara State of Nigeria, is endowed with abundant natural and cultural resources. However, the vast majority of these significant elements of cultural heritage remain unexamined. The present authors report on the potential elements of natural and cultural heritage in the homeland of the Igbomina people, and of recent archaeological work undertaken by themselves in the region. The article's principal focus, however, is on the Esie stone figurines, 800 representational statues carved in steatite (or 'soapstone') and ranging in size from 14 centimetres to over one meter in height, which are among the most prominent known elements of cultural heritage in the Igbomina homeland. Thus far, researchers have only determined that these figurines predate the 19th century. The authors advocate more research into the civilization which produced the Esie figurines. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]