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Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by bigfrancis21(m): 9:20pm On Feb 17, 2015
In 1935, G. I. Jones, an anthropoligist and colonial administrator took pictures of the Nsude pyramids, ancient Igbo pyramids, in Udi, Enugu state Nigeria with a Roloflex camera which he acquired and developed a system for immediate developing which produced negatives of such high quality that they continue to produce excellent prints six decades later. It was at this time that he built up the extraordinary photographic record of Southeastern Nigerian culture.

The pyramids, numbering 10 in number are circular and stepped and were made of clay.

Here are pictures of the pyramids:

[img]http://jonesarchive.siu.edu/wp-content/uploads/arunsi10.jpg[/img]
[img]http://jonesarchive.siu.edu/wp-content/uploads/arunsi111.jpg[/img]


The first base section was 60 ft. in circumference and 3 ft. in height. The next stack was 45 ft. in circumference. Circular stacks continued, till it reached the top. The structures were temples for the god Ala/Uto, who was believed to reside at the top. A stick was placed at the top to represent the god’s residence. The structures were laid in groups of five parallel to each other. Because it was built of clay/mud like the Deffufa of Nubia, time has taken its toll requiring periodic reconstruction.

Strikingly, these pyramids bear striking resemblance to the Step Pyramid of Saqqara, in Egypt constructed in 2648 BC and without a doubt, derive from the same cultural/religious/philosophical tradition that inspired this ancient Egyptian monument. Moreso, more striking is the similar replication of Nubian-like pyramids thousands of miles away from the Nubian area in the heart of Igboland, or vice versa, whichever comes first.




The Step Pyramids of Saqqara, Egypt.

Evidence like this indicates a strong level of correlation between the ancient egyptians and the ancient Igbo. The building of the pyramids may have been done at the same time the first or second wave of Egyptian pyramids were built by the Nubians.

The Nubian dynasty of Egypt (the 25th Dynasty of Egypt) saw the first widespread construction of pyramids (many in modern Sudan) since the Middle Kingdom.

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Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by bigfrancis21(m): 9:25pm On Feb 17, 2015
Ancient Igbo civilization was a great one, and evidence like this points to a very early period of origin in the history of man.

An Igbo Ukwu Burial Chamber, 10th century.

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Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by BeeBeeOoh(m): 9:35pm On Feb 17, 2015
No comment for now, just here to read comments. Proudly CRAN..

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Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by Rossikk(m): 10:30pm On Feb 17, 2015
I reckon there are many many ancient sites still buried in soil and forest throughout Nigeria and West Africa, unexplored. Likely cities, monuments etc. We've really not begun to explore this region. Nice one op.

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Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by macof(m): 9:31am On Feb 18, 2015
Rossikk:
I reckon there are many many ancient sites still buried in soil and forest throughout Nigeria and West Africa, unexplored. Likely cities, monuments etc. We've really not begun to explore this region. Nice one op.
Exactly we need to start paying more attention to West Africa and cut it down on the North African and middle eastern hype

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Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by Ihuomadinihu: 11:51am On Feb 18, 2015
Nice one! I also read that there are ancient pyramids in Niger state. Can someone verify this? According to Acholonu,we might be living on top of ancient pre-historic settlements,there is so much to discover in West Africa.

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Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by bigv(m): 4:18pm On Feb 18, 2015
History reminds us of where we are coming from and where we are headed



S** B***** lipsrsealed

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Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by Tval(m): 4:18pm On Feb 18, 2015
nice one
Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by naijainfogalery: 4:18pm On Feb 18, 2015
Rich cultural heritage. in modern countries these would have been preserved as a tourist centre. Most of our cultural heritages are dead and gone,

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Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by datguru: 4:18pm On Feb 18, 2015
Ibo kwenu !
Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by hensben(m): 4:19pm On Feb 18, 2015
Nice one....@op nice thread.
Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by Quote1: 4:20pm On Feb 18, 2015
Is it protected
Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by NighttWalker(m): 4:20pm On Feb 18, 2015
One of the greatest tribe on earth, so are our neighbors, if only we can ignore tribalism and all work together we will be great in the near future

Edited: my other post got hidden cuz I quoted someone who typed 'Sai Buhari' asking what buhari has to do with this thread undecided
Please keep politics away from this thread

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Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by eldnix: 4:21pm On Feb 18, 2015
macof:

Exactly we need to start paying more attention to West Africa and cut it down on the North African and middle eastern hype
dude u re either paranoid or prejudiced..
Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by Nobody: 4:21pm On Feb 18, 2015
AMAZING

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Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by EddyNumerouno(m): 4:22pm On Feb 18, 2015
Informative post... We know too little of our proud history
Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by ucheezeigbo(m): 4:23pm On Feb 18, 2015
Very unlikely

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Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by IAMBREEZY: 4:23pm On Feb 18, 2015
aiit
Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by lordsharks(m): 4:24pm On Feb 18, 2015
EddyNumerouno:
Informative post... We know too little of our proud history
Good
Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by Nickymezor(f): 4:25pm On Feb 18, 2015
Hmmmmm, interesting.Didnt know we had pyramids in Naija sef

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Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by lordsharks(m): 4:25pm On Feb 18, 2015
ucheezeigbo:
Very unlikely

Very very
Re: Ancient Igbo Pyramids: The Nsude Pyramids by Johnnoo(m): 4:25pm On Feb 18, 2015
Ancient landmark

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