It's likely that people have been living in houses from the beginning of time. The oldest archaeological evidence of home construction comes from Tanzania's famed Oldupai Gorge (also known as Olduvai Gorge), and the structure is around 1.8 million years old. This makes it about 500,000 years older than the earliest evidence of human existence found anywhere on Earth.
The Oldupai Gorge site has revealed that humans lived in homes made of wood, stone and earth until about 10,000 years ago, when we started building more permanent structures. Scientists think this may have been caused by the emergence of agriculture, which required a more stable environment to grow food than what could be found in constantly changing habitats like forests.
We know that people were living in houses made of stones and wood before Oldupai, because other ancient sites have been found with evidence of home construction dating back hundreds of thousands of years. For example, a cave in Israel's Judean Desert called Keilah Cave is thought to be about 130,000 years old and contains parts of large trees that were used to build shelters. A similar site is known as the Pinnacle Point Culture site in South Africa and dates back about 150,000 years.
People all over the world built homes even after they discovered how to work with metal, because materials available at that time weren't strong enough for tools like spears or knives to be made out of.
It's difficult to identify the oldest dwellings because, like at Oldupai, the buildings were presumably composed of materials that didn't keep well and, again, if those structures were houses at all. What about animal habitats? Do those qualify as houses? If so, what kind of animals were used as shelter? Bison were probably used as shelter by Native Americans when they came into contact with them in northern states like Minnesota.
People often wonder why the first people weren't able to build anything more sophisticated after being out of touch with other humans for many years. The answer is that they may have been building these things before being abandoned. Also, even though these are called "houses," they probably provided only shelter from the elements. A true house would also include facilities such as a kitchen or cooking area, which these types of structures don't have. But perhaps their creators did?
As for identifying any particular house within the complex, that's impossible. The entire site was likely covered in vegetation when it was first built, which would help preserve the evidence of its construction.
In conclusion, this site gives us an idea of what life was like for ancient people who lived in northern states like Minnesota.
Who constructed the first houses? Early people erected temporary shelters, but early farmers in the Middle East built the first permanent dwellings some 11,000 years ago. People utilized river boulders to create some of the oldest dwellings around that period at Zawi Chemi Shanidar in the Zagros Mountains. They made tools from bone and stone, kept livestock, and grew crops such as wheat, barley, peas, and lentils.
The first true homes were built by the Mesopotamians, who lived along the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers about 5,000 years ago. They created these homes out of mud bricks that they mixed together with water and sand. The Egyptians also used mud brick for their homes but instead used straw and wood for the walls and panels. In Europe, people began building homes out of stone when they started farming the land around 10,000 years ago. The first evidence of this is a house site near Swaffham, England, which is estimated to be about 9,500 years old.
People continued to build on this tradition and over time developed different materials and techniques to construct better homes. By 300 B.C., the Romans were constructing two-story homes made out of wood and plaster. These homes had room for both living and working spaces.
In the United States, people began building homes out of brick and stone about 400 years after the Mayflower landed.
For thousands of years, people and animals have lived in little houses stocked with household items. The earliest known instances were discovered in Egyptian tombs from the Old Kingdom, which were built over five thousand years ago. They are called "miniature houses" because they are small compared to modern homes.
The first miniature houses were made from wood and painted white or yellow. The roofs were made of clay. Ingenious artists used shells, stones, and other objects as inspiration for their work.
They were probably used as toys or prizes in games or rituals. For example, one is on display in the British Museum dating back about 4500 BC.
Early examples can be seen in ancient Egyptian drawings and paintings. The best preserved example is a wooden doll's house excavated from an ancient tomb in Egypt. It is painted white and has black dots on its roof to look like charcoal. There are also two other tiny houses inside the large one; all three would have been set up as parts of a game or ritual.
People have always wanted to live in miniature. The idea of living in a small house first came into fashion in Europe around the year 1500. It was called the "picterie" and it was manufactured in Amsterdam.
People began the Neolithic period at various dates in different countries, therefore people began to build dwellings in Sudan, Egypt, and West Asia around 10,000 BC, and in Greece around 6000 BC. People in England did not begin to build dwellings until around 3000 BC. People in America didn't come into contact with Europeans until after 1492 so they couldn't have built any of these structures before then.
The oldest complete house in North America was built by Native Americans near Fort Collins, Colorado. It was constructed about 1250 AD by chipping away large rocks using tools made from other rocks. Although this is thought to be the oldest complete house in America, it's not known who originally built it or why they decided to do so.
The earliest complete house in Europe was discovered in 2008 during construction work on a golf course in Varna, Bulgaria. The house was estimated to be between 1650 and 1750 years old. It was built by miners looking for gold but when they returned home they found a new way of life waiting for them. Before the discovery of gold in Bulgaria, people used wood for money. After the miners found gold they became rich and had time to build big homes!
The earliest complete house in Africa was discovered in 2002 in the village of Klasies River in South Africa.
Others erected houses in woodland regions while others lived inside cave openings. Long stone block homes were also utilized for communities of 30-100 persons. These were usually built near water sources where they could obtain food from hunting and fishing.
Early men didn't live in tents or tipis, although these methods were used by some tribes for temporary shelter. The Iroquois constructed their homes out of wood with each room having its own door opening to a central hallway. They also used clay pipes to distribute air through their homes.
The Cherokee built their wooden homes without walls upstairs as well as downstairs. Each room had one door that opened to a common corridor. There was no such thing as a kitchen in those days! Each family took care of cooking their own meals at home or going to a communal cookhouse.
The Navajo built their homes out of stone or wood with a thatched-cotton-reed roof.
The Haida people lived in large houses made of wood with cedar planks fastened together with fish glue.
The Mohegan built their homes out of clay or wood with the aid of their wives.