Konso cultural landscape is located in a dry, hilly environment at the edge of the Rift Valley in southern Ethiopia. It has always been a relatively isolated area of the country, where life has remained largely unchanged for at least 400 years. The people live in closely-packed communities of wood-and-mud built, thatched dwellings from which they travel out to their fields of millet on a daily basis. The local chief’s hill top Palace comprises a collection of dome-shaped thatched rooms, with covered meeting and work areas, all surrounded by a heavy wooden stockade with narrow gates. In nearby forest clearings, collections of anthropomorphic statues are maintained, one group of them kept under a pagoda-style shelter. Konso houses are tightly-packed, small raised gardens, and narrow stone-walled paths.