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4,000-year-old sauna unearthed in Scotland

A 4,000-year-old building which may have served as a sweat house has been unearthed in Orkney, Scotland.

The early analysis work suggested that the building is likely to be a ‘burnt mound’, which generally comprises of a fireplace, water tank and a pile of burnt stone. Through experimentation and reference to medieval Irish literature, experts have been able to deduce that stones were roasted on a hearth before being placed into the tank of water, bringing the water to a boiling point and producing lots of steam.

The hot water could then be used to cook large quantities of food or for bathing, brewing, textile working, or any other of a range of activities.

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Story: Historic Scotland | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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