Historic Domes

Dome shaped 25,000 year old Mammoth House.

Perhaps the earliest example of domed architecture, the mammoth huts found in Ukraine could be up to 25,000 years old. “Mammoth House” as shown at the “Frozen Woolly Mammoth Yuka Exhibit” in Yokoyama, Japan in Summer 2013. This replica was made for the exhibit with real mammoth fossils (bones and tusks).

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Domes are more than modern

Domes of all sizes and purposes have been built for thousands of years. Widely regarded as the earliest known examples of dome-shaped structures, the huts built from mammoth bones found in Ukraine in the 1960s are believed to be between 15,000-25,000 years old. More recent examples of historic domes include the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey, and the Pantheon in Rome, Italy.