Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites

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Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites is part of the Tentative list of Micronesia in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites is a transnational proposal consisting of two mines in Palau where a megalithic currency—the world’s largest—was quarried, and two sites on the island of Yap in Micronesia associated with the use of the currency. The O’Keefe Island site in Yap State consists of structures associated with Irish-American David Dean O’Keefe, who established a trade center focused on copra and sea cucumber, and provided sea transportation of Yapese to Palau so they could quarry and manufacture stone disks to bring back to Yap as currency. The Mangyol Stone Money Bank or Dancing Ground on Yap includes two sites containing over 70 pieces of stone money, as well as traditional stone platforms that predate the arrival of foreigners to the island.

Map of Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Netherlands - 21-Jan-20 -

Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites (T) by Christravelblog

Yes I really enjoyed the stone money on Yap. The difficult part is to get there. Today (Jan. 2020) just 2 flights a week go from Guam. The flight from Palau isn't scheduled anymore. I visited already 2 years ago but finally have time to edit some photos and write my review. 

This money is everywhere on Yap. You'll see it at all the Faluw (Men's Houses or meeting houses). Even if you walk through the bush you can come across it. Some roads have it lined up on the side as well. It's protected each single stone how small it can be from 3 centimeters up to 4 to 8 meters wide. Most came from Palau where you can see the quarries. The bigger the stone, the nicer the stone and the more you have/had the wealthier you were. Interesting to see this legal tender. 

Yap is a small island and all places of interest can be seen in a day. As flights are twice a week you're always stuck there for 3 or 4 days. Snorkeling and diving is highly recommended.

Worth a WHS? For sure yes and I hope with the quarries on Palau together. 

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Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites
Human activity - Transport and Trade
2021 Preparatory Assistance

Funding not granted: The resubmission of a transboundary nomination deferred by the Committee in 2011 under a single State Party would exclude some key aspects of the site

2010 Incomplete - not examined

2004 Added to Tentative List

The site has 2 locations

Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites: Mangyol Stone Money Bank?(Baleyrach) (T)
Yapese Disk Money Regional Sites: O'Keefe Island (Taraang Island) (T)


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