Learning Sites: The Vari House Virtual World - BetaVARI HOUSE AS EXCAVATED


Of the building itself, only the elements made of stone survive.  Yet enough has been preserved (of the building and its associated artifacts) to permit archaeologists to reconstruct the building's superstructure, its function, its date, and the livelihood of the inhabitants.

Wander around. Look at the remains carefully.

Ancient Greek buildings used primarily stone or mudbrick walls and stone or wood columns for support. Colonnades were common in ancient Greece because they provide shade from the heat, yet allow light and breezes in.

Notice that there are different wall thicknesses throughout the building. Notice the thicknesses of walls in your neighborhood.  (Look at window openings and doorways to see wall thicknesses.)  Compare the wall thickness of wooden buildings to that of stone buildings.  Compare the wall thicknesses of 1- or 2-story buildings with those of taller buildings.

Walls that carry heavy loads are different (usually in thickness, sometimes also in material) from those walls that do not have to carry heavy loads.

Walls used to carry the structural load or frame of a building (called "bearing walls") are different from those walls that are only partitions (called "nonbearing walls") between spaces and thus only need to supporrt their own weight.

Compare the walls between the rooms at the back of this house with the walls of the room in the southwest corner, to the left of the main entrance.  The walls between the rooms at the back of the house are thin since they only supported their own weight.  The corner room's walls are so thick that archaeologists believe they supported a 2-story tower.

Notice the circular stones with central depressions.  Note that they are located only in the courtyard paving and that some appear to be missing.

Some of the remaining walls have irregular tops, and some have flattish tops. Wood was scarce in ancient Greece; therefore it was expensive.  Clay and limestone were plentiful in the Vari vicinity. Visit the reconstructed house.
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