Say you're an old-timey French shepherd far from home with your flock and you're caught in a sudden storm. If you're lucky, you're close to a borie hut, a one-room communal stone hut in which you can spend the night.
These babies are found all over the world, but the name Borie refers specifically to the structures in southeast France. They were named for the "dry stone" construction—that is, no mortar holds the stones like traditional masonry (impressive, non?).
In fact, the stones used to build these handy huts were most likely the very same ones cleared from the fields so medieval farmers could till their soil and grow their crops. Clear fields and a place to sleep in a pinch. Win win!
There's even an entire "Village des Bories" in Gordes which is now a museum. It may not seem like the biggest draw while in Provence, but I can tell you from experience that it's a fun afternoon excursion after a light lunch of fresh fish and local tomatoes. Ahhh, Provence!