Beehive Huts, Syria

Photograph by James Stanfield

The dusty-orange, beehive-shaped huts of Tall Mardĭkh, Syria, were built some 200 years ago by an ancient method which has since been lost. The shape and materials of these mud-brick dwellings help them remain cool in summer and warm in winter.

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