Saloum Delta - Senegal

Saloum Delta (Senegal). Inscribed as a cultural site, the 5,000 km2 property’s rich ecosystems have sustained human life for over 2,000, mainly from fishing and shellfish gathering. Constituted by the arms of three rivers, the site comprises brackish channels encompassing over 200 islands and islets, mangrove forest, an Atlantic marine environment, and dry forest. The property is marked by 218 shellfish mounds, some of them several hundreds metres long, that were produced by its human inhabitants over the millennia. Burial sites on 28 of the mounds take the form of tumuli where remarkable artefact have been found. They are important for our understanding of cultures from the various periods of the delta’s occupation and testify to the history of human settlement along the coast of West Africa.

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