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The topic of housing is not as simple as it is sometimes thought to be. In rural societies, where people are involved in various agricultural activities, the design of their houses shows little or no regard for external displays of the owners social standing but includes space for animals, storage and small-scale industrial activities. In an Islamic town house many of the households activities took place in the courtyard. Western-type house plans are as prominent as Eastern plans in the Frankish urban and rural houses, in the latter perhaps even more prominent. These include the Italian-type merchant palaces and tower houses, houses on elongated burgage plots, the rural first-floor hall houses and planned street-villages with their houses built on elongated tofts. Thus in Frankish villages, plans and building techniques are Western and these settlements differ from those in Europe only to the extent that local conditions.

Keywords: building techniques; Frankish villages; housing; Italian-type merchant palaces; tower houses



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