The Exterior Design

The reconstruction of the interior design does not provide the opportunity to explain part of the life of the dwellers. This pertains to things like cooking, warming, sleeping, among others. Simply put, the houses according to the scientists only enabled the performance of rituals and as such, may not have supported an active life.

Based on this, one may even argue that the place was only a temporary residence when families travelled from distant places to worship, trade or fish. However, this proposition may not be supported as the exterior design presents more functions which suggest that the area supported long-term stay and not just a temporary residence.

The most significant exterior installation is the outer fireplace. It appeared to be like a continuation of the inner central installation. This was placed at the entrance of the house and acted like an obstacle as the fire functioned like a door that protected those within from wild animals and also provided the needed heat to the house.

This location has been regarded as logical, as fires lit within the house may have choaked those within. This means that people actually lived in the houses, and as such were in need of warmth and protection from the wild during the night.

Aside from the outer fire, other scientists have tried to reconstruct the exterior finishes such as a possible structure of the house in terms of what the roofing would have appeared like from the outside. Researchers have used animations where the roof is made from hides instead of wood, while some have thought of the roof as having a tent-like structure just like those that appeared to be used in later periods. These attempts have however been opposed as primitive and may not reflect the complexity of the base trapezoidal structure.

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