Wednesday 25 January 2012

A mud house in the Tukhfah Mountains

According to the back of the card, this is the oldest mud house in the Tukhfah Mountains of Saudi Arabia, in the Qasim or Qasseem province.  It is interesting to see the similarities with mud-built houses elsewhere in the world, for instance in New Mexico.

The province, as you might guess from the picture, has a typical desert climate with cold and (relatively) rainy winters followed by hot and dry summers.  Traditionally it is an agricultural area, producing dates, oranges and lemons and other fruits.
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  1. Seeing how people lived long ago is interesting and makes me appreciate what I have now.

  2. You're right, in many areas of the world are built such houses,
    where no rains too often. In the south-Saharan Africa for example. They also have a scale that goes to the "roof", where they sleep when it's very hot or dry the grain.

  3. This is interesting. I had no idea. I don't imagine Saudi Arabia that way at all.

  4. It is very interesting how similar they are to the huts in Mexico so many thousands of miles away. And then strange again that they are rounded or igloo-like in some parts of Africa, almost emulating igloos in the frozen parts of the world.


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