The Kedougou region has several gold mines: Tinkoto mine near Mako, Sabodola mine in the North-East of Kedougou, and Bantako mine between Mako and Kedougou on the banks of the River Gambia. Gold miners use calabashes to look for nuggets of gold. They use an artisanal extraction technique. The miners crush rocks with a pestle in stone mortars. The powder and nuggets are separated using rotating movements In “battee” style, as we see in old movies, such as the gold rush.