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Pile-Dwellings on Hill-Tops

Nature volume 30, pages 168170 | Download Citation

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I OBSERVE this question to the fore in NATURE of February 21 (p. 382), and as I have lived many years among races who build various forms of pile-houses, and have often resided in them for a time, I trust you can allow me a few words on the subject. The custom seems attributed to several causes, i.e. to excessive moisture and as a protection against wild beasts, by Mr. Keane; to excessive rain and a wet climate, by Col. Godwin-Austen; to damp exhalations from tropical soil, by Mr. Dallas; and to the survival of a purposeful habit of building over water, by Mr. Tylor.

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  1. Sibsagar, Assam, May 5

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