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This is part of the underfloor heating system of the Roman public baths complex excavated at the Kourion archaeological site. The floor would have been raised above the ground by these stacks of tiles known as pilae. Hot air and air smoke from a nearby furnace would have passed through these enclosed spaces heating the floor above and then exited from a flute in the roof via cavities in the walls. The system is known as a hypocaust.



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