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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Wassu Stone Circles
Country: Gambia
NOTE: This site is 653.903 km away from the location you searched for.

Type: Stone Circle
 Nearest Village: Wassu
Latitude: 13.691716N  Longitude: 14.873086W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
5 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
4 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
4

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Wassu Stone Circles
Wassu Stone Circles submitted by paulcall : This circle has the largest diameter of any at Wassu (Vote or comment on this photo)
Stone Circles in Gambia. There are 11 Stone Circles at this site. The 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. The stones were quarried with iron tools and skillfully shaped into almost identical cylindrical or polygonal seven-ton pillars, on average about two metres high.

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Wassu Stone Circles
Wassu Stone Circles submitted by paulcall : The three most westerly circles at Wassu (Vote or comment on this photo)

Wassu Stone Circles
Wassu Stone Circles submitted by paulcall : All the stones in the complex, including the fallen ones, have small stones, and occasionally vegetables, placed on them by locals for unknown reasons. Some of these small stones are said to shine brightly at night. During my visit a local musician played some relaxing ambient music, which added to the experience. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Wassu Stone Circles
Wassu Stone Circles submitted by paulcall : The six northernmost circles at this site are arranged in a linear manner on a NW-SE axis. These are the circles at the rear of this photo. Within each circle the standing stones are of a similar height, and are made from laterite, a local sandstone that is soft to work when first dug out of the ground, but which hardens on exposure to air. The four nearer tall stones feature on roadside advertise... (Vote or comment on this photo)

Wassu Stone Circles
Wassu Stone Circles submitted by paulcall : I visited this site briefly during a birding trip to the Gambia. It is found just east of Wassu village, and is well signposted from the main road north of the river. This photo is of the most southerly of the eleven circles found here. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Re: Wassu Stone Circles by paulcall on Saturday, 14 February 2009
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see also this link for background to the Senegambian Circles sacred landscape.
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