Situated near the borders of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo, the ruins have recently been shown to be at least 1,000 years old.
The settlement was occupied by the Lohron or Koulango peoples, who controlled the extraction and transformation of gold in the region when it reached its apogee from the 14th to the 17th century.
Much mystery surrounds this site large parts of which have yet to be excavated.
The settlement seems to have been abandoned during some periods during its long history.
The property which was finally deserted in the early 19th century is expected to yield much more information.