posted on Dec, 29 2013 @ 12:58 PM
Some of the structures you've posted, like this one;
is a style known as Sudano-Sahelian architecutre, or simply 'Sudanese'. It's an ancient architecture type that dates back to 250 BC, but is more
commonly associated with Islamized peoples of the past few centuries. The above example is the Larabanga masque which is about 300 years old, the wood
beams jutting from it are used to continually add new mud plaster to renew the structure. Mudbrick architecture flourished in Western Africa 3rd-5th
C. BC, a relative late comer as it had been in use since the late neolithic in Mesopotamia and Indus valley regions. In Africa it is called 'Banco',
and made with grain husks as opposed to straw or rice husks.
If you look at Dogon architecture, you'll see an astounding array of Mudbrick architecture, in my opinion the most extensive design pallet possible in
Mudbrick as seen anywhere. Most people are familiar with the Sumerian civilization in Mesopotamia, and consider them a pinnacle of ancient design,
also in Mudbrick, but outside of the famous Ziggurat in Ur, there's little to show for their architectural abilities, that's the downside of building
Examples of Mudbrick architecture in Africa (mostly Dogon in these pics): it's probalby unfair that I chose mostly mosques, as there is a great deal
more that pre-dates Islamic influences.
The world's oldest "skyscraper city", Shibam, Yemen, 2nd C. AD: most of these structures are between 5 to 9 stories in height, supposedly built to
protect the city from raiders.
ETA: apologies, used the wrong image for Larabanga, but you get the idea.
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