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Storage Space, Stables And Shelters For Livestock

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All domestic buildings contained storage space, which could vary considerably in size according to the particular needs and the number of occupants. In village houses such as those in al-Kurum there were occasionally undercrofts cut or partly cut into the bedrock. Storage in rural buildings could sometimes occupy quite large expanses. For personal use many houses both in towns and in villages had wall-cupboards or niches for the storage of household items. Horses, camels and mules were used as a means of transport, as pack animals and for ploughing and other work in the field. Evidence for them can be seen in the remains of stables and byres. In several rural estate centres and farmhouses there are large barrel-vaulted structures that apparently were used for cattle and other livestock.

Keywords: al-Kurum; domestic buildings; livestock; stables; storage space



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