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Archéologue annotant des échantillons sur le site de Kongonyo, près de Loropéni, au Burkina Faso

The archaeologist Rodrigue Guillon annotates specimens at the Kongonyo site near the ruins of Loropéni, Burkina Faso. The ruins, surrounded by tall stone walls, cover an area of almost 10,000 sq. m. The earliest inhabited levels are believed to date from a period extending from the 11th to 15th centuries. Although the site's purpose is still not fully understood, it may relate to the region's gold mines, which have been worked since 1000 AD. This research, being conducted as part of the Lobi-Or-Fort project, will provide insights as a result of a multi-disciplinary approach combining archaeology, geophysics, anthropology, geochemistry and 3D modelling.

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