Earth floor

Earth floor

A hard-packed clay floor used in early dwellings.

earth floor

In many types of primitive dwellings, a floor providing a reasonably durable walking surface, and that was usually composed of a compacted mixture of earth, ashes, clay (if available), with additives such as lime, pebbles, or straw. Another addition–animal blood–was once thought to improve the stability of the compacted soil. Also see rammed earth.
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Instantly all within was illuminated for a brief second before the burning brand was dashed out against the earth floor.
There was also a very small grating which let in a very little fresh air: the massive foundations had been tunnelled in one place; a rude alcove was the result, with this grating at the end and top of it, some seven feet above the earth floor.
When he was gone, Tibo threw himself upon the earth floor and broke into childish sobs of terror and loneliness.
The earth floor had sunk in at one place, making a natural grave, so we left Achmet the merchant there, having first covered him over with loose bricks.
Tenders are invited for : Supply of paving material with the following characteristics: 290 m of natural continuous earth floor of 6 cm.
San Quintin, Mexico-- Huddled around a single flickering candle in a tiny wood and cardboard shack on scrubland in Mexico's northwest, laborer Genaro Perfecto and his family prepared to bed down for the night on a bare earth floor.
Earth people, too, were discovering other layers beneath through holes on the earth floor.
A third large semi-subterranean building was also unearthed, as was a simple dish-shaped pit structure furnished with a single post-hole that could have supported only a comparatively light roof for its earliest curvilinear earth floor, with a cluster of small stake holes providing evidence of a similarly light super-structure during a later re-occupation of the building.
The sorts of decomposer microbes at work in the compost heap--and in the soil food web--migrate out of an earth floor into the deep litter; the slight wicking of moisture out of the earth helps them proliferate and thrive.
The barn was full of feathers, tiny ones drifting around in the cold air until they fell like snowflakes covering the earth floor.
Warm glow Extra-long fluorescent tubes are energyefficient and give off a candle-type glow Stove The efficient wood-burning stove is rarely needed Glazing Triple-glazed windows stop heat escaping Earth floor The rammed earth floor is warm in the winter and cool in the summer Sun room Large windows mean the sun warms up the house in winter John and Jo transformed their two-bed semi into a carbon-neutral four-bed home