Saturday, September 8, 2012


"The Nigerian Pyramids Of West Africa - Sungbo’s Eredo Deep in the Nigerian rainforest, one of Africa’s greatest monuments has been virtually ignored by the outside world for hundreds of years. Yet the Eredo earthwork lies just one hour’s drive from Lagos. Now being investigated by Dr Patrick Darling of Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom, the Eredo provides clear evidence of a powerful lost kingdom, and, According to local tradition, the site may even shed light on the legendary Queen of Sheba. Trekking through the rainforest you could pass within a few yards of the Eredo and not even know it was there - a great ditch hidden in the vegetation. Built some 1,000 years ago, it encircles the ancient kingdom of Ijebu-Ode, snaking through swamps and forests. Bigger than pyramids Dr Darling has walked its length. “In terms of sheer size it’s the largest single monument in Africa - larger than any of the Egyptian pyramids,” he says. The ditch is 160 km (100 miles) long, and in places 20 metres (70 feet) deep. “Built long before the mechanical era, it was all hand-built, requiring a large labour force and a well co-ordinated labour force working to a master plan,” Dr Darling explains."

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