A DISCUSSION OF THE CHALLENGES CONFRONTING ARCHAEOLOGY AND ITS PRACTICE IN NIGERIA

  • Terngu S. Nomishan
  • Dimas S. Gubam
  • Paul-Kolade Tubi
Keywords: Archaeology, Archaeological practice, Challenges, Public education, Cultural heritage, Sustainable development

Abstract

There is no gain saying that archaeology and archaeological practice in Nigeria is yet to achieve the desired results, particularly as it is yet to fully meet the needs of the society, and largely contribute to problem solving in contemporary terms. This is seemingly not unconnected to the fact that the practice of archaeology in the country is faced with a lot of challenges, especially in the recent times. Thus, the aim of this research is to discuss the nature of some of these challenges and make some suggestions that can largely improve archaeological practice in the country. The research draws from past/recent concerns that have negatively impacted archaeology and its practice in the country. Much of the data for this research has been elicited from primary and secondary sources. The paper notes that the benefits of archaeology and its practice to Nigeria and her citizens are enormous and therefore, adequate to give all cultural heritage (CH) stakeholders a strong motivation towards repositioning the discipline. Doing this appropriately implies that, Nigeria has begun the journey towards benefiting from the numerous opportunities presented by the discipline for sustainable development

Published
2021-07-01
Section
Articles