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Book: The Archaeology of Prague and the Medieval Czech Lands, 1100-1600

Chapter: Domestic Features: Heat and Light

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.24728


An essential element in Central European houses were the heating facilities. These comprised open fireplaces, ovens, hearths, subfloor heating systems, tile stoves and portable heat sources. Advanced technologies ensured heated but smoke-free rooms and separated cooking and heating. The installation of particular facilities was connected with the partition of houses into rooms with specific functions. The dark in houses was chased away not only by open fire but also by portable and hanging devices.

Chapter Contributors

  • Jan Klápště ( - book-auth-508) 'Charles University'