Glass was Made in Africa Centuries Before Arrival of Europeans, Says New Evidence

Glass was made in Africa centuries before arrival of Europeans, says new evidence

By Josh Gabbatis, Science Correspondent | INDEPENDENT

Chemical analysis of beads found at a site in Nigeria revels a composition entirely unique to the region

Glass was produced in sub-Saharan Africa long before Europeans arrived, according to scientists studying beads found in Nigeria.

Chemical analysis of glass found at a Nigerian archaeological site revealed a distinct composition entirely unique to the region.

The finding contradicts a long-held assumption that glass was brought to sub-Saharan Africa by traders from the Mediterranean or the Middle East.

Igbo Olokun, the site where the beads were discovered, is in the north of an ancient city and regional centre of power called Ile-Ife – the ancestral home of West Africa’s Yoruba people.

Analysis of glass found at a Nigerian site has revealed a unique sub-Saharan glass production industry that existed prior to the arrival of foreign traders Glass was produced in sub-Saharan Africa long before Europeans arrived, according to scientists studying beads found in Nigeria . Chemical analysis of glass found [Read the entire INDEPENDENT article ]

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