ancient stone circles at Kerr Batch are located on the Gambia's
north bank and are thought to be over a thousand years old
(some dated to AD 750) and is an ancient burial area for chiefs
whose subjects belonged to a single unified culture. The centrepiece
of the stone circles at Kerr Batch is the lyre stone which
is an odd V-shape which is a couple of metres in height. The
stone circles form part of the Senegambia Stone Circles which
are scattered in the region.
The area also houses a small permanent museum which was a
UNESCO financed venture whose collection consists of objects
relating to the ceremonial, economic and occupational activities
of the people of the area such as the Wolof, Fulani and Mandinkas
from the districts such as Niani and Nianija. The exhibits
include farm tools, hunting weapons, initiation masks, cloth
making tools, herbal medicines and other items.
To get to the
area you should get a ferry from
Banjul to Barra then proceed by road
to Nyanga Bantang which is on the Farafenni to Lamin Koto
highway. The circles are located off this road at a distance of 3.5
miles away and is signposted for directions.
Entrance Fee: about £1.40