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hypocaust

(hī`pəkôst): see heatingheating,
means of making a building comfortably warm relative to a colder outside temperature. Old, primitive methods of heating a building or a room within it include the open fire, the fireplace, and the stove.
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hypocaust

A central heating system of ancient Rome; hot gases from a furnace were conducted to rooms above, through a hollow floor and through tile flues within walls.

hypocaust

an ancient Roman heating system in which hot air circulated under the floor and between double walls
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To be as authentic as possible, it included Roman innovations such as hypocausts (underfloor heating) and a bath house with frescos.
My work entailed extensive travelling by Land Rover, in England, Scotland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Western Germany, collecting oriented (mainly Roman and medieval) samples from pottery kilns, iron furnaces, hypocausts, hearths and other burnt structures, which were then taken back to Cambridge to measure their remanent magnetism.
Being so thick, the walls can incorporate heating pipes, and hypocausts feature in at least two of his projects.