Post by donnieclark on Oct 27, 2017 2:32:53 GMT -6
Mud is the earliest and most common building material of the ancient world. The Ziggurat of Mesopotamia was made of sun-dried mudbrick. The Great Wall of China is mostly fired/sun-dried mudbrick. We have no examples of Ancient Egyptian palaces and few examples of Egyptian houses remain, why, because they were made of mud.
What is known as the Sudano-Sahelian is another such tradition of mud. Stone is the common material in the Western Sudan, mud is the main material of the Sahel and savannah regions. Timbuktu was an exception, as was Walata, since they used both stone and mud (though one should recognize Meroe, Axum, Dongola did the same). At first the vernacular designs of the southern Sahel and savannah appears as an unimpressive array of thatch and dried earth, but with closer inspection its eery anthropomorphic brilliance emerges. The only reason these buildings exist is because the communities actively tend to them. Their annual maintenance (hence, the abundant palm sticks to enable construction) is a significant source in modernist theory. Even local traditions may differ region to region, but generally there's two in the Sudano-Sahelian style, the Manding (Mali) and Hausa (Nigeria) traditions.
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