These adobe huts do look like something from deep Africa. In ancient times, they were used as housing, but today they are merely storeroom and chicken shelters. A few villagers outside Hama still have them clustered next to their more ordinary houses. You have to trespass their courtyard to get a closer look, and it seems at bit random whether the people want to show them to you. Some want a bit of money, but most villagers are friendly and just watchful for their vegetables, making sure you are not stepping on them. You can see the houses on the road from Al-Hamra village to Qasr ibn Warden, a small ruin of a Byzantine sandstone palace in the middle of the plain.