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Io PRIMITIVE FORMS OF BUILDING [CIL

ground, which children in South Yorkshire make for themselves in
play, are always roughly circular in shape.

In an article on the forest of Compiegne, in the Century
Magazine, September, 1912, there is an illustration of a wood-
cutters’ hut in the forest: it is similar in appearance to the hut
shown in Figs. I and 2. Such huts are said to be ‘made so warm
by their blankets of turf, that whole families may live comfortably
in them for a couple of seasons. Chickens scratch before the door,

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women do their washing on the paths, and children play among
the leaves.’ A German example, of similar construction, from the
neighbourhood of Ruhla, has been illustrated by Moritz Heyne :
the poles which form the foundation of the fabric are four,
and not three, in number, and have forked ends, the natural
branching of the tree, fitted into each other‘. These conical
huts only vary within narrow limits, and their widespread use
in woodlands in North-V’Vestern Europe seems to imply that
they are the descendants of the houses of some ancient forest-,
dwelling people. It is unlikely that there has been any intercourse

1 Deutsc/ze Wolmzmgswesen, p. 23.

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