To solve the puzzle of Igbo Ukwu, our research team went to Igbo Ukwu to conduct
interviews. On reaching there, we made a very shocking discovery. We were made to understand
that ‘finding of buried treasure’ had been going on in Igbo Ukwu as long as anyone could
remember. And that the finds were usually sold to buyers from Northern Nigeria. Some of our
informants 12 remembered their parents and grandparents finding treasure (usually in the form of
grooved pottery, piles of strung and unstrung beads, bronze and copper goods) while digging for
a cistern or digging graves. We discovered from the natives that every house and farmland in
Igbo Ukwu was standing on buried treasure. This of course meant that the town was standing on
a LOST CITY, and a lost city meant A LOST CIVILIZATION! Thurstan Shaw had actually
discovered a lost city and a lost civilization in the African rain forest, and had kept this most
revolutionary piece of History to himself! As Shaw claimed in his book Unearthing Igbo Ukwu
(see above), one of ruins he excavated was a temple with over three thousand tiny pots for votive
offerings and a dried cistern that supplied the temple with spring water. A temple with such an
enormous amount of offerings suggested a city with a vast spiritual influence, comparable with
that of Delphi if not larger.
Was it a cover up or a human error that Thurstan Shaw failed to tell the world what he
found when he excavated Igbo Ukwu over sixty years ago – that indeed a city and a lost
civilization lay buried in the forests and villages of Igbo Ukwu? Whether a mistake or a cover-
up, our discovery also meant that Shaw’s dating could no more be trusted.
Wrong and false dating of Nigerian artefacts have been the norm since the dawn of
12 Our informants included the Royal Father of Igbo Ukwu, Eze Martin Eze, Idu II of Igbo Ukwu as well as the Executive members of the Igbo Ukwu Town Union and Mbido Igbo Organization.