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Unusual Flue-Tiles from Reculver.
by Gerald Cramp.
(Reculver Excavation Group.)

Drawing: Roman Flue Tile

Each tile measures about 5 inches by 7 inches.
(Drawing by C Jones)

In August 1965, a bath-house with three apsidal rooms was excavated inside the Roman Fort at Reculver (see Newsletter Number 3). The rubble from inside this building contained a large quantity of wallplaster and smashed flue-tiles. Of particular interest were a number of hollow voussoir tiles each rectangular in shape and tapered at one end. These must have been used in the construction of the vaulted roof of the bath-house. Being must have been used in the construction of the vaulted roof of the bath-house. Being hollow they lessened the weight of the roof and also allowed for the hot-air, passing from the underfloor hypocaust and up through the walls, to circulate inside the actual roof. Voussoir tiles are known from only a few sites in Britain, notably from the Great Bath at Bath, at Wroxeter, Chedworth and Silchester.

 
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