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The Ancient Nok Settlement, Nigeria 

Nok settlement is located in Jaba Local government area in the southern part of Kaduna State, northern Nigeria; within a rock-shelter where remains of granaries can be found. This village has been underdeveloped for years even after the discovery of Nok art.

The settlement was where the famous terracotta figurines of the Nok civilisation, one of Africa’s oldest, were first unearthed. The discovery was made by Bernard Fagg, a British archaeologist employed by the Nigerian government in the 1940s. Fagg lived at the Nok site and the remains of his house serve as a tourist attraction. Nok village also hosts a government established museum where casings containing unique terracotta carvings and antique objects are kept.

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