It has long been recognized that the byre-house or longhouse, in which animals and humans lived in the same building and with direct contact, was a distinctive building plan. Earlier interpretations have seen it as a ubiquitous house type found throughout Britain, but gradually replaced by separate buildings for keeping animals and accommodating humans. More recent work has suggested that it was a regional variant of the common late medieval domestic plan. The use of this building type was restricted to parts of Wales, and northern and western areas of England. It is argued that the introduction of the byre-house occurs mainly in the thirteenth century as part of a wider trend to provide accommodation for livestock during the winter months. The byre-house was a one response to this need, and its adoption was not due to climatic or geographical factors. Instead, it is interpreted as reflecting localized cultural attitudes to the relationship between humans and animals.
|Title of host publication||Středovĕká Evropa v Pohybu. K Poctě Jana Klápště|
|Editors||Ivana Boháčová, Petr Sommer|
|Place of Publication||Prague|
|Publisher||Archeologický ústav AV ČR|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
Bibliographical noteBook title in English: 'Medieval Europe in Motion: To honour Jana Klápště'
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