Was there a time when no one lived in buildings? If so, humans would have been able to inhabit only those places where the climate made survival possible. Our buildings allow us to modify the effects of climate, so that we can warm or cool ourselves as desired, and inhabit places that are naturally less hospitable. Speculating about the ancient past, we have come up with the idea of the ‘cave man’, as though all our ancestors lived in caves, which is unlikely – mainly because there were not enough caves to go round. Certainly there were caves that acted as dwellings, and because they are solid they have preserved the relics of their ...

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