An example of medieval habitat

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How were the houses in Petra Castellana built ? From 2016 to 2019, several archaeological soundings were conducted near the rampart. One took place in front of you

They helped archaeologists understand the organisation of the site and they were all buried again after the surveys to preserve the remains.

We know that the buildings often stood and leaned against the rampart. Windows were built in the rampart. We reckon that the buildings were about 15 m² of floor surface but some could be larger. They had one or two upper floors : livestock could stay on the ground floor or it could be used as a workshop or a cellar and people lived on the the 1st and 2nd floors. The masonry was of local limestone and lime mortar and the rooves were covered in tiles. During the excavations, few potsherds were found. Grains could be stored in dug silos, the archaeologists discovered some of them.

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