The Ikom Monoliths are a group of stone sculptures found in a small area around Ikom in Cross River State of Nigeria. The stone monoliths are known variously as “Akwanishi” or “Atal” or “Alaptal”. They date back to 200AD

Each stone figure is between 2ft and 4ft high and the largest is about 6ft. They are conical in shape and are found in circles or concentric formations, showing perhaps where some activities in the past took place. To some people, “Akwanshi” literally means dead person in the ground, so each monolith and stone is a memorial.

Akwanshi ≈ 220 AD