National Geographic : 1919 Apr
OFTEN A MODERN DWELLING IS EXCAVATED, NOT IN A CONE, BUT IN THE FACE OFTHE BLUFF OR CLIFF When this is the case the front, or facade, room, which opens upon the street, is the only roomwith light. The other rooms areenveloped in midnight darkness the year round. The owner of such an abode can extend his dwelling indefinitely into the earth and noone need know aught of his enlarged residence. The interior chambers are used chiefly as granaries and for storing away any and everything belonging tothehouse hold economy of a rude, agricultural, and semi-pastoral people. Even their chaff, which is madetotake theplace ofour hay, iskept inthese underground and densely dark chambers. What is stored there is safe from rain as well as fromthieves. Inthis picture thescene istypical of the village of Urgiib (see also page 312). In the foreground are quarried blocks of pumice-stone intended for building purposes. The two storied structure on the right will be seen in the next picture.