Nigeria’s Nok Culture

The Nok culture was a civilization in Northern Nigeria which existed sometime between 1000 BCE and 300 CE. Only rediscovered in the 1920s during mining, it has been forgotten for almost 2000 years.

The Nok were highly advanced for their time. They were using iron-made tools, had domesticated horses and a complicated social system. Today, they are mostly known for their beautiful terracota sculptures.Many of them are life size and extremely valuable if in good condition. It is unknown why the culture suddenly disappeared.

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