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Gambia, Senegal, Stone Circles of Senegambia

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 05, 2012 at 04:30:39

Location Central River Division - Gambia, Kaolack Region - Senegal
Coordinates N13 41 28 W15 31 21
Property 9.85 ha
Date of Inscription 2006

Brief Description ( )

The site consists of four large groups of stone circles that represent an extraordinary concentration of over 1,000 monuments in a band 100 km wide along some 350 km of the River Gambia. The four groups, Sine Ngayène, Wanar, Wassu and Kerbatch, cover 93 stone circles and numerous tumuli, burial mounds, some of which have been excavated to reveal material that suggest dates between 3rd century BC and 16th century AD. Together the stone circles of laterite pillars and their associated burial mounds present a vast sacred landscape created over more than 1,500 years. It reflects a prosperous, highly organized and lasting society.

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Stone circle in Kerr Batch A stone circle in Wassu

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Gambia, Kunta Kinteh Island and Related Sites

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 04, 2012 at 05:15:00

Location Lower Niumi and Upper Niumi districts and Banjul Municipality, Gambia
Coordinates N13 18 58.2 W16 21 25.9
Property 7.60 ha
Date of Inscription 2003

Brief Description ( )

James Island and Related Sites present a testimony to the main periods and facets of the encounter between Africa and Europe along the River Gambia, a continuum stretching from pre-colonial and pre-slavery times to independence. The site is particularly significant for its relation to the beginning of the slave trade and its abolition. It also documents early access to the interior of Africa.

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Fort James ruins on James Island

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