This photo shows an extension of the same abandoned compound. We can clearly see the extensive use of stone in Dughwede architecture. Please note the staircase leading up to another platform on which more rooms have been built. Great care had been given to the building of the platform as we can see from the piece of old walling to the left of the staircase. An obvious attempt has been made to create a smooth facade. The reason is that the platform always remained visible while the rooms where once plastered with daub.

The concern with smooth facades is quite common in the Mandara mountains and they can vary in looks depending on the type of natural stone available. However, the Mafa do not share this concern, except on higher altitudes, especially in the Kokwarhiy region (see map), where we can still find platforms built similarly to those in the Godaliy region.

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DGB sites of northern Cameroon