National Geographic : 1914 Jan
Photo by Solcr TROL,ODYTE COURTYARD, OR PATIO Or TlE SITIK OF 1' 'ATMATA, SHOWING ;ETRANCES INTO VARIOUS CAVES The holes vary in depth and width, but average nine meters deep by fifteen meters in circumference. This great hole is used as a "patio." or courtyard. Numerous caves dug in the sides of the hole serve as living-rooms and storehouses. One enters these dwellings by means of a passage tunneled through the earth or rock. Some of the ceilings are roughly ornamented with Arabic designs cut in bas-relief in the rock and the dates when the dwell ings were dug. None of them seem to go back more than Ioo years (see text, page 49; see also the remarkable series of illustrations of these cave towns in the October, 1911, number of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE).