Numbering about 300 in total, the monoliths are between 0.3 and 1.8 metres (1 and 6 feet) high, and are laid out in some 30 circles located around Alok in the Ikom area of Cross River State. The monoliths are phallic in form and some feature stylized faces as well as decorative patterns and inscriptions. The forms represent a yet undeciphered ancient writing, a complicated means of storing coded data, and visual communication. This writing is often believed to be an ancient form of nsibidi, which would prove its ancient origins.
Exposure to extreme weather conditions have put these monoliths at risk of erosion and deterioration. Also, the monoliths are in an area where even those staying by it do not know that they are actually very good tourist attractions. They were recently added to the World Monuments Fund's list of sites in danger and are being considered for inclusion onto UNESCO's World Heritage Site list.
Monoliths in museum collections
- Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Alok Ikom Stone Monoliths - UNESCO World Heritage Centre". whc.unesco.org.
- "Ikom Monoliths of Cross River State | World Monuments Fund". www.wmf.org.
- British Museum Collection