Mysterious Ancient Fortified City Of Djado On Dangerous Journey Across Sahara

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A. Sutherland - AncientPages.com - There is a mysterious ancient city of Djado located in the southern border of the Djado plateau, in northeastern Niger. Once there were several cities on this plateau but today the area is largely uninhabited.

The ruins of abandoned cities and forts and a beautiful cave art are still there.

Ancient city of Djado is dated back to approximately 800-1,000 ago.

Ancient city of Djado is dated back to approx 800-1,000 ago.

The Djado Plateau in the north east is also rich in art where both remarkable paintings and engravings have been discovered in the Aïr Mountains.

Dated back to 3,500 to 2,500 BC, the rock art depict vegetation and animal presence rather different from our modern expectations.

Ancient paintings of Djado

Ancient paintings of Djado

Remote northeastern town of Djado, was a very ancient fortified complex, was both fort and trading center located along the routes towards Libya. Today, it is an abandoned oasis village located about 450 meters above sea level.

It was built from both mudbrick and stone but who were the builders of Djado is unknown. Some sources suggest that it was city of slaves.

Rock art in form of carvings and paintings of mostly animals and vegetation and dated 3,500 to 2,500 BC, was found in the Aïr Mountains in northeastern Niger, not far from the city of Djado. Image credit: http://africanrockart.org

Rock art in form of carvings and paintings of mostly animals and vegetation and dated 3,500 to 2,500 BC, was found in the Aïr Mountains in northeastern Niger, not far from the city of Djado. Image credit: africanrockart.org

On the other hand, archaeologists estimate that Djado was built approximately 800-1,000 ago and it was probably an oasis and important station on the dangerous route across the Sahara Desert.

See also:

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What Changed The Green Sahara Into A Desert?

Prehistory and even more modern history of this region are little known.

Region of Niger and this part of Sahara has revealed considerable archaeological evidence that about 60,000 years ago, humans inhabited what has since become the desolate Sahara Desert of northern Niger.

Ancient ruins of Djado. Image credit: freevst.x10.mx

Ancient ruins of Djado. Image credit: freevst.x10.mx

From at least 7,000 BC, inhabitants of these huge fertile grasslands were busy with the raising of livestock, herding of sheep and goats, and left large settlements and pottery. Approximately from 4,000 to 3,500 BC, cattle were introduced to the region.

Rock art in form of carvings and paintings of mostly animals and vegetation and dated 3,500 to 2,500 BC, was found in the Aïr Mountains in northeastern Niger, not far from the city of Djado.

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