Cliff Dwellings

Houses built on ledges in the vertical sides of mesas, as in the American Southwest or similarly inaccessible locations.

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cliff dwellings
cliff dwelling
dwellings, cliff
klifwoningen Dutch
klifwoning Dutch
viviendas en barrancos Spanish
vivienda en barranco Spanish

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Homes built on ledges or dug into the rock in the vertical sides of mesas, bluffs, or cliffs. Examples are those of the ancient American Southwest.

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  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300005662. The J. Paul Getty Trust.