Upon the beach sands of the old slave port at Badagry, southwest Nigeria, lie a small field of rock cobbles which were use used to mark the area where an old anchor was found buried. According to our tour guide, Mr. Anago who took us on a tour of Badagry, “the buried anchor was discovered by a team of foreign archeologists who believe that the anchor belongs to the last slave ship that berthed on the beach of the lagoon slave port”.
It was also said that the government is planning to build a small museum for the anchor at the exact spot at which it was found, and until the museum is completed, the anchor will be left in the sand in order to keep it safe. It is also believed that the discovery of the anchor as well as the building of its museum will further enhance the touristic allure of Badagry as an historical destination in West Africa.
See pictures of the excavation site below:
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