Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cliff houses from Africa, Asia and North America

As you can tell, I am fascinated by similar themes that occur across different cultures :-)
Bandagiara Escarpment
Detail of Wikipedia image by JialangGao
Bandiagara Escarpment
Country: Mali
These cave dwellings and burial chambers were carved by the Tellem people prior to the arrival of the Dogon people in the 14th century. The Dogon ethnic group built villages along the walls of the cliff.
Detail of Wikipedia image by Pfctdayelise

Country: China
Some archaeologists believe that these cave dwellings were built in the 7th-10th centuries by the Xi ethnic group as a refuge from the Liao Dynasty of the Khitan ethnic group.
Square Tower House, Mesa Verde
Detail of Wikipedia image by Ben FrantzDale

Mesa Verde National Park
Country: United States
Mesa Verde National Park contains a large number of cliff dwellings built by the Ancestral Puebloan people, forebears of the modern Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona.