Wassu Museum

This Wassu Stone Circles Site was proclaimed a National Monument in 1995. In 2006 the site was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, together with Kerbatch and the circles at Sine Ngayen and Wanar in Senegal.

The protected area contains 11 circles, some of which have been subjected to excavation by the Anglo-Gambian Stone Circles Expedition of 1964-65. This expedition determined that the sites are predominantly burial sites with single burials, very poor quality grave goods, including iron weapons, arrow and spearheads, knives, pottery vessels and bronze ornaments. The site was dated to 750-1000 AD. There is a quarry site less than 200m to the west of the site.

The Museum exhibition attempts to interprete the stone circles in the context of other megalithic heritage of the world, and provides answers to some of the questions most often asked by visitors, including:

  • The origins of the circles and who were the builders?
  • The circles and their alignments
  • The Circles in relation to the evolution of iron age in West Africa
  • The Quarrying process and the Transportation of the stones to their present locations


The Wassu Museum: A focal point for tourist visits in the provinces.


A group of student visitors pose for a photograph in front of the tallest stones at Wassu



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