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Lejja is a community comprising 33 villages in Enugu State of South-Eastern Nigeria. It is populated by the Igbo people and located about 14 Kilometers from Nsukka. It is the location of a prehistoric archaeological site which contains iron smelting furnaces and slag dated to 2000 BC.[1] The village square contains over 800 blocks of slag with an average weight of between 34 and 57 kg. Geophysical investigations have Located buried iron slag in several other locations in the community.[2]

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Lejja, iron smelting kingdom


  1. ^ Eze–Uzomaka, Pamela. "Iron and its influence on the prehistoric site of Lejja". Academia.edu. University of Nigeria,Nsukka, Nigeria. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  2. ^ Ugwu; Ezema (2014). "Geophysical Investigations for Locating Buried Iron Slag at Lejja, Enugu State, Nigeria" (PDF). journal-of-natural-sciences. 2 (1): 27-35.
  3. ^ Eze-Uzomaka, Pamela Ifeoma (2000). Museums, archaeologists and indigenous people : archaeology and the public in Nigeria (BAR International series. ed.). Oxford: Archaeopress. ISBN 9781841712000.