The discovery of an ancient pavement floor made out of carefully polished stones & giant plates tightly fitted together were inspected by authorities. The only thing was found… Caulk joints between the slabs. What was it for? When was it built? Why was this made?
In 1987 Gambia then agreed to NASA’s request as the U.S. space agency was interested in creating a back up plan for the shuttle.
Aeroport of Banjul, Gambia
In September of 1987, the U.S. (NASA) agreed to Gambian side on it’s use of Yundum airport. The runway has been improved. In particular, the width was increased from 29 to 45 meters.
Americans also have installed the necessary electronic systems control and navigation. And in 1996, was commissioned the building of the international airport, built by a joint British-Gambian project.
Tourism is again on the rise in The Gambia which resulted in building the modern airport of Yundum (which also served for decades as an emergency landing strip for the Space Shuttle) and in improving the country’s infrastructure.
So where did this runway come from? The most sensational, of course, sounds like a hypothesis, that the runway was built during the time of pre civilization of our modern times, and that hence, it may even be a taking off strip, ancient Atlantis or Indian aircraft — vimana.
Why wasn’t this soil and material tested and dated?
People all over the world are forced to speculate as to what this is.
This is not only African history but also world/human history-Sola
However, fans of this discovery /story expressed versions of conspiracy and other assumptions. Like, the airfield was secretly built by the Germans during World War II. Sometimes referred to as the exact date and more — in 1944. At first glance, this version is not without some plausibility. Indeed, during the war, the Nazis showed great interest in African uranium and allegedly even took out his aircraft from the Congo, making several stopovers.
Mysterious Ancient Stone Circles In Gambia
Around ad 750, at Wassu, a large concentration of stone pillars was placed on the north bank of the River Gambia, the largest of which weigh about ten tons and stand about eight and a half feet above the ground. The stones likely mark the burial sites of kings and chiefs similar to burial grounds of royalty in the Ghana Empire. In the 11th century, Islamic leaders (Karamos) were buried like this, making some of the circles holy places.
Eastern Gambia was part of the great West African empires that flourished for a millennium beginning with Ghana after ad 300. The relative political stability guaranteed by the empires permitted trade and movement of peoples throughout the region. Powerful kingdoms organized as families and clans of Wolof, Mandingo, and Fulbe (Fulani) peoples formed larger social and political units. Small groups of Mandingos had settled in The Gambia by the 12th or 13th century, and a Mali-based Mandingo empire was dominant in the 13th and 14th centuries.
Portuguese sailors discovered the Gambia River in 1455; its navigability made it uniquely important for European traders seeking to penetrate the interior. In 1587, English merchants began to trade in the area.
The first picture is of the Senegambian stone circles (megaliths) which run from Senegal through the Gambia and which are described by UNESCOas “the largest concentration of stone circles seen anywhere in the world”.
Archeological evidence in the form of stone axes and broken pottery points to the existence of early habitation in the Gambia River region around 2000 bc. In 470 bc, Carthaginian sailors visited the River Gambia. Hannon the Carthaginian referred to The Gambia in his writings, making The Gambia known to the outside world. In ad 300, West African trading networks expanded as early empires established trading networks for peoples living in the Gambia River area. Later kingdoms of the Foni, Kombo, Sine-Salom and Fulladou in The Gambia became trading partners of West Africa’s great empires.
Other theories on this extremely long and wide ancient strip site
This airfield could be the heritage of ancient civilizations, in which, according to some reports, there were aircraft — the so-called vimana. In any case, no one really knows who and when Yundum was built.
Land of ancient slabs of the runway.
Why wasn’t this soil and material tested and dated?
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Star Fort in Gambia
The site was already a contact point with Arabs and Phoenicians before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 15th century.
Kunta Kinteh Island Fort was subject to destruction on numerous occasions. Since the last time by the French, in 1779, it has remained a ruin with only minor attempt at consolidation and minimizing the effects of sea erosion.
Kunta Kinteh Island, formerly James Island, is an island in the Gambia River, 30 km from the river mouth and near Juffureh in the country of the Gambia. Fort James is located on the island. Kunta Kinteh Island and Related Sites form an exceptional testimony to the different facets and phases of the African-European encounter, from the 15th to the 19th centuries.
Coat of arms of Gambia
Africans comprise 99% of the population in The Gambia. The Mandinka (Malinké), who make up an estimated 42% of the African population, came to The Gambia by the 13th century. The Fula account for about 18% of the population and live predominately in the eastern part of the country; other major African groups include the Wolof (16%), Jola (10%), Serahuli (9%), and others (4%). Only 1% of the population is non-African, including Syrians, Lebanese, and British.
English is the official language, but there are 21 distinct languages spoken. The principal vernaculars are Wolof, Fula, and Mandinka, the latter spoken by the Mandingo.
Also from the famous Mini Series “ROOTS”
Visit To Juffureh & James Island(Gambia) Place where Kunta Kinteh was born and captured as a slave. Alex Hailey wrote “Roots here. At the start of the 17th century the Portuguese colonies in Brazil had a great shortage of laborers what lead to the deportation of slaves from the ancient SeneGambia area to Brazil. After this the Dutch and the French followed their example causing Portugal to loose its monopoly position.
Slaves were put to work i.e. America, Jamaica, Suriname and the Antilles Islands. The slave-masters took away the tribal family names of the slaves and replaced them for European (sir)names. This way the slaves not only lost their homeland but also their family backgrounds. Many descendants of the first slaves are trying currently to find out about their heritage and identities, something that due to the thoroughness of the slave-traders has been made near to impossible.
Banjul contained an airstrip for the US Air Forces and a port of call for Allied naval convoys. President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt visited by air and stopped overnight in Banjul in 1943 en route to and from the Casablanca Conference, marking the first visit to the whole African continent by an American President. Roosevelt was appalled of the British treatment of The Gambians and had many heated discussions with Churchill after his visit to The Gambia. The disgust Roosevelt felt for the colonial exploitations he had seen in The Gambia, has been said to be one of the founding reason for forming The United Nations.
Controversial alternative theories of ancient past