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Furniture And Household Installations

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In the medieval West furniture was often limited to trestle tables, perhaps a single table dormant, a few chairs and benches, chests and bedsteads. In the Byzantine towns and villages, tables and chairs were uncommon items in most houses; and from their scarcity in the written sources and, less surprisingly in archaeological evidence, we can understand that the same was true of houses in the Frankish East. Archaeological evidence from recent years has shown that for heating domestic buildings and castles in the Latin East the Franks made use of well-designed constructed fireplaces with wall chimneys. Virtually every house in towns and villages had its own water supply, generally in the form of a subterranean cistern. In the West projecting water spouts used in private and public buildings to drain water from gabled roofs into the streets.

Keywords: archaeological evidence; artificial illumination; domestic buildings; drainage; heating installations; household furniture; private water supply



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