Hilltops near Santa Rosa, California, 1994 (alpha) and Matera, Italy, 1996
Matera, in the very far South of Italy, near the Ionian Sea, is one of the oldest sites
of continuous human habitation on Earth. People began
digging caves in the soft
tufa rock of its cliffs over 14,000 years ago.
Eventually, these caves became larger
and more elaborate, and began to have house-like facades at
Even today, if one goes to the rear-most
of a house in the
(the cliffside neighborhood) it will often be a rough-hewn,
The hilltop development
above Santa Rosa, California, that I could see from a
friend's back yard, was at the opposite end
the scale in terms of
length of habitation.
The hills were still being scraped raw for this new set of
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