4.                                             EUROPE'S OLDEST STREET
 
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It is the grandmother of all European streets. In our guide's opinion, the walls were constructed out of stone and initially raised to a height of about one metre and a half. Afterwards, they were built on by adding layers of dried clay.

This is a stone wall. Spread from one end to the other would be a clay layer, about twenty centimetres thick. The clay was first mixed with chaff and, while still moldable, spread over the wall. After waiting for it to dry up, applied in the same way were the next layers, one over the other. By using this technique (some sort of a climbing shuttering construction) the ancient people could build as high as two metres. Finally, the structure was covered. In all probability, the roof was made of straw, reeds, or grass. The walls were plastered from the inside. We can conclude from some archeological finds that the walls were also dyed and painted.

The living space of residential structures ran upwards of one hundred square metres. It may be hypothesized that these homes were inhabited by all the kinfolk - i.e. the whole extended family, although we could hardly say today what family meant to the people living in those times.

Last update made on 30-10-2007


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