chapter  4
The Mobile Architecture of Hunter-Gatherers and Nomadic Pastoralists
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T he notion of “home” is probably as varied as the number of human inhabitants on the planet. While it might be unclear whether hominids carried such a notion with them as they traveled the landscape (Sept 1992), there is little doubt

that human hunter-gatherers and nomadic pastoralists had a keen sense of “going home” at the end of a long day spent gathering, hunting, or herding. Julian Thomas (2008) notes that people dwelled within their landscape and were shaped by it far more than they altered it when building their first dwellings. This chapter attempts to examine what types of information might be derived from the feathery light architectural footprint of mobile societies.