British soldiers and sailors stole thousands of sculptures from the site in 1897

A joint archaeological project between Nigeria and Britain has been announced that will investigate a site in southern Nigeria hugely important to the former African Kingdom of Benin.

Excavations in Benin City, formerly known as Edo, will begin next year.

A museum will then be built on the site, incorporating important artefacts unearthed during the dig.

British troops razed the whole city to the ground in 1897 to avenge the killing of an earlier force.

Countless artefacts were looted.

The new Edo museum will also reunite artworks now held abroad.

The site of Benin city is not part of modern-day Benin, on Nigeria’s western border.

Archaeologists to dig in former African Kingdom of Benin