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Hypocaust tiles

Most of the tiles produced in Großkrotzenburg, were the practically square tiles stacked in pillars as support for the hypocaust heating system. The pillars supported an arch and the floor: after several years the tiles of the floorboard heating had to be replaced. Hypocausts were built in living areas, the administrative buildings of forts, and especially in the numerous baths.

The sizes were standardised. With the stamp "COHIIIIVIN" the "cohors IIII Vindelicorum" can be identified as the manufacturer of the tile. It was made around 200 AD.

Tiles for the hypocaust pillars, Museum Großkrotzenburg
1 Tiles for the hypocaust pillars, Museum Großkrotzenburg © Museum Großkrotzenburg

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