Along the Rhône River was the commercial zone and associated residential quarter of St.Romain-en-Gal. In the 1st-3rd centuries AD this community had a number of private dwellings with hypocausts or furnaces with hot air vents. This view shows tiles piled.up to support the floor of a house, under which warm air would be circulated. Similar hypocaust techniques were used in the caldarium or hot room of Roman baths.
Nearby, the Musée archéologique de St. Romain- en- Gal-Vienne displays many of the finds from these houses, including a spectacular collection of mosaics and paintings.
[Fig.1: Hypocaust in St. Romain en Gal (photo: Athena Review).]
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