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Glossary of Prehistoric and Historic Timber Buildings - Glossar zum prähistorischen und historischen Holzbau

TitleGlossary of Prehistoric and Historic Timber Buildings - Glossar zum prähistorischen und historischen Holzbau
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsVOLMER, L., and H. W. ZIMMERMANN
Series TitleStudien zur Landschafts- und Siedlungsgeschichte im südlichen Nordseegebiet
CityWilhelmshaven
Publisher Niedersächsisches Institut für historische Küstenforschung, Marie Leidorf Verlag
Volume3
Number of Pages482
Publication LanguageEnglish, German
ISBN Number978-3-86757-333-7
Abstract

This book enables researchers to communicate more easily and more precisely about historical European timber buildings than was possible before. The idea to collect terms for the subject of timber buildings occurred at a colloquium in Århus, DK, in 1987 and was implemented as a glossary of five languages and some 230 archaeological expressions until 1995. The present volume expands these beginnings to include existing buildings and was supplied with words from nine languages by one archaeologist and one historian each. Beginning with basic house types, the functional features and room types, it also deals with structural elements of wall frames and roofs as well as with wood joints. There are additional sections on building materials and woodworking techniques with their related tools. Special fields such as fortifications, bridges, or mills were excluded, however, as were areas with an early dominance of stone architecture such as the Mediterranean. The published glossary includes almost 900 terms and has a chronological range from the dwellings of the earliest sedentary people of the Neolithic until the beginning of the Industrial Age around 1800/1850.