Often times when we imagine ancient architecture we imaginehuman beings living in caves, painting on cave walls and dressed up in animalskin. While this is speculated to be true for some regions of the world, thereare actually many different ways in which our ancestors have survived in thepast.
Caves were not the only type of architectural structureavailable. Come to think of it, not every place on this planet had caves. Maybeonly 10% of the population used to live in caves. Humans herds never reallysettled in one place. Our ancestors used to move around a lot, in search offood, water and away from predators. They used to form loose camps.
These camps consisted of tents. Depending on the region, thematerials used to make the tents would differ. For example, in central African regions,the tents would primarily serve the purpose of storage and shade. They wouldroam around seasonally and the camps had to stay in one place longer than a fewmonths. Thus, sticks, mud, dung and leaves would be used to construct “huts”,or a loose sense of the word.
In North America, the natives would travel around more oftenthan their counterparts in Central and South Africa. They had tents called theTipi. These tipi’s were and are still made of a canvas cloth stretched around aconical structure. It was a display of a more advanced system than mostsettlements at that time, especially while compared to the Gravettians who weretheir counterparts in Europe. Who used animal bones and wood to make a structureand layer over with animal skins.
Other parts of the world especially the eastern parts, were much more advanced in terms of architecture. Infact, during this time Indians had already come up with Vastu Shastra, we had our own numeric system, medical system, and far far more advanced than the rest of the world. According to historians, we had pretty much also figured out the radius of the earth and the distance between earth and the sun.