History of Round Homes: From Mongolian Gers to Modern Yurts
Today’s yurts often serve as recreational rentals and eco-friendly homes. But did you know that they were originally designed as the primary dwellings of ancient nomadic tribes? The Bronze Age rock etchings in Siberia depict the earliest evidence of yurt dwellings, while yurts also served as the primary homes for the fierce Huns warriors in Mongolia from the 4th to 6th century A.D.
Ancient nomadic tribes favored yurts because they were fast to erect, light to carry and wind resistant on the steppe. Mongolian nomads moved their camp at least 4 times each year, which took 3 pack animals to haul a large family yurt for each move.
Although the basic yurt design has remained the same, yurts have evolved from nomadic housing into environmentally friendly dwellings with modern luxuries. Take a look at our infographic to learn more fun facts about these round homes, explore the differences between a traditional ger and a modern yurt, as well as discover some of the important events in Pacific Yurts’ company timeline.
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