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Deserted ksar (representational). Source: Tupungato / Adobe Stock.

Mystery of the Desert: The Lost Cities of the Sahara (Video)


Deep within the desolate expanse of the Sahara in Niger, the mystery of lost civilizations becomes tantalizingly tangible in the form of ancient ksars or fortified villages. Located in Fachi, among other regions, these unique architectural marvels are composed of salt and clay, materials native to the harsh desert environment. The historical narratives of these settlements remain largely uncharted, often obscured by the region's remoteness and harsh climatic conditions. These ksars, scattered across the arid landscape like mirages of a bygone era, have puzzled historians, archaeologists, and explorers alike, as they strive to unravel the cryptic past of these forgotten Saharan metropolises.

The ksars of the Nigerien Sahara are not merely historical relics; they are enigmatic symbols of human resilience and adaptability. Their very existence in one of the world's harshest environments attests to the indomitable human spirit and our ancestors' resourcefulness. The enduring mystery surrounding these lost cities is tied to numerous unanswered questions about their origins, purpose, and the communities that once thrived within their fortified walls.

Top image: Deserted ksar (representational). Source: Tupungato / Adobe Stock.

By Joanna Gillan

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Joanna Gillan is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. 

Joanna completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree in Australia and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching... Read More

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