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Little known for years, the history of Africa's divergent cultures is seeing the light, thanks to the work by researchers and archaeologists. This series continues the digging, with art historian Gus Casely-Hayford exploring the pre-colonial history of some of Africa's most important kingdoms.

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Exploring what bronze casts found in Benin in 1897 tell about the lost kingdoms of West Africa.
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Searching for the roots of the kingdom of Great Zimbabwe in southern Africa.
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Nubia, which once dominated the eastern Sahara, has given the world some of the most spectacular monuments.

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