Near the banks of the Nile, in southern Egypt, in 1896, British archaeologist Flinders Petrie, leads an excavation in Thebes, the ancient city of the dead.
Here, he unearths one of the most important discoveries in biblical archaeology.
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C., giving Nok the earliest dates for iron smelting in sub-Saharan Africa up to that time.
The high number of smelters and quantity of terracottas suggested he had found evidence of a dense, settled population.
Fagg, a man of boundless curiosity and energy, traveled across central Nigeria looking for similar artifacts.
As he recounted later, Fagg discovered local people had been finding terracottas in odd places for yearsburied under a hockey field, perched on a rocky hilltop, protruding from piles of gravel released by power-hoses in tin mining. He later dated the scarecrow headnow called the Jemaa Head after the village where it was foundto about 500 B. using a process called thermoluminescence which gauges the time since baked clay was fired.