Architechural do-dads. I don't think they were structural.
We just glossed over that at culinary school, so I'm not completely clear on it myself.
"They are small terracotta tubes with one pointed end. Put one into the other, they formed interlocking, snake-like tiles. Rows of these so-called fictile tubes were used by Roman builders to relieve the weight of vaulting,"
That makes it sound like they were structural but I don't have the slightest idea how they were used. They seem too small to have any value in a building.
posted on 04/28/2012 9:21:35 PM PDT
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