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Remains of a stone-walled house at the deserted hilltop defensive site of Yagala, Sierra Leone (West Africa)

Photograph taken in 1967 or 1968. Stone and mud were used instead of wood and mud for the walls of the houses at this site because of the rocky surface, which didn't allow stakes to be planted. The town was built on a hilltop for defense purposes and was gradually deserted for more accessible places during the first part of the twentieth century.

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Taken sometime in 2008