Raqqa countyside, shepherd with traditional woolen coat in the village Suwaydiyya Kabira

Raqqa countyside, shepherd with traditional woolen coat in the village Suwaydiyya Kabira

Raqqa countryside, Men in a traditional tent in Suwaydiyya Kabira village

Raqqa countryside, Men in a traditional tent in Suwaydiyya Kabira village

Raqqa countryside, a traditional wedding ceremony in Suwaydiyya Kabira village

Raqqa countryside, a traditional wedding ceremony in Suwaydiyya Kabira village

Jurn Kabir, Girls from Habuba Kabira are preparing the lime milk from local chalk

Jurn Kabir, Girls from Habuba Kabira are preparing the lime milk from local chalk

Habuba Kabira, the plastered new dome house and its garden

Habuba Kabira, the plastered new dome house and its garden

Habuba Kabira, shell of the dome house made of dried clay bricks with quarry stone base

Habuba Kabira, shell of the dome house made of dried clay bricks with quarry stone base

Habuba Kabira, plastering of the domes after completion of the shell

Habuba Kabira, plastering of the domes after completion of the shell

Habuba Kabira, inside the double-dome room with its relief arch

Habuba Kabira, inside the double-dome room with its relief arch

Habuba Kabira, to make burghul (wheat grits) the wheat is cooked in a huge pot and then carried to a drying place

Habuba Kabira, to make burghul (wheat grits) the wheat is cooked in a huge pot and then carried to a drying place

Habuba Kabira, construction of the corner of a mud brick house

Habuba Kabira, construction of the corner of a mud brick house

Habuba Kabira, construction of the base of a mud brick house

Habuba Kabira, construction of the base of a mud brick house

Near Habuba Kabira, a family trip by boat to their former village, that was flooded in 1973 by the Tabqa-Dam

Near Habuba Kabira, a family trip by boat to their former village, that was flooded in 1973 by the Tabqa-Dam

Gallery

Habuba Kabira, Interior of the last existing deepened house (debabe), which was later used only as storage space

Habuba Kabira, Interior of the last existing deepened house (debabe), which was later used only as storage space

Habuba Kabira, clay bricks are drying - at the edge of the village, because there is enough space

Habuba Kabira, clay bricks are drying – at the edge of the village, because there is enough space

Habuba Kabira, during the construction of cantilever domes, the mortar is pulled up using a bucket

Habuba Kabira, during the construction of cantilever domes, the mortar is pulled up using a bucket

Habuba Kabira, master builder and his helper constructing the walls of a mud brick house

Habuba Kabira, master builder and his helper constructing the walls of a mud brick house

Habuba Kabira, entrance side of a room half deepened into the grown soil (in local dialect: debabe)

Habuba Kabira, entrance side of a room half deepened into the grown soil (in local dialect: debabe)

Habuba Kabira, back side of a room half deepened into the grown soil (in local dialect: debabe)

Habuba Kabira, back side of a room half deepened into the grown soil (in local dialect: debabe)

Habuba Kabira, the new dome house has received its first plaster layer

Habuba Kabira, the new dome house has received its first plaster layer

Habuba Kabira, preparation of the clay mass for the production of clay bricks

Habuba Kabira, preparation of the clay mass for the production of clay bricks

Habuba Kabira, view into a plastered cantilever dome with openings and decorative layer

Habuba Kabira, view into a plastered cantilever dome with openings and decorative layer

Habuba Kabira, how three cantilever domes are connected (two cantilever domes are posed on a relieving arch)

Habuba Kabira, how three cantilever domes are connected (two cantilever domes are posed on a relieving arch)

Habuba Kabira, mixture of sifted raw loam, chaff and water to produce clay bricks therefrom

Habuba Kabira, mixture of sifted raw loam, chaff and water to produce clay bricks therefrom

Habuba Kabira, maintenance of the house by a further exterior plastering

Habuba Kabira, maintenance of the house by a further exterior plastering

Habuba Kabira, screening of barley as seed by the grandmother

Habuba Kabira, screening of barley as seed by the grandmother

Habuba Kabira, water reservoir for field-irrigation, in the background motor pump of the well

Habuba Kabira, water reservoir for field-irrigation, in the background motor pump of the well

Habuba Kabira, Milking a goat in the courtyard: Grandmother and granddaughters

Habuba Kabira, Milking a goat in the courtyard: Grandmother and granddaughters

Habuba Kabira, shell of a dome house made of clay bricks

Habuba Kabira, shell of a dome house made of clay bricks

Habuba Kabira, in the courtyard clay bricks are lying out to dry

Habuba Kabira, in the courtyard clay bricks are lying out to dry