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Stone thresholds

Some domus built on the site of Sant’Eulalia have a threshold made from a quadrangular monolithic block, raised from floor level (figs. 1-3).

Fig. 1 - Threshold of the south-eastern complex (photo by Unicity S.p.A.).
Fig. 2 - Threshold of south-eastern complex at the time of the dig (photo by AFS).
Fig. 3 - Stone threshold in the north-western complex (photo by AFS).

This element enabled a more complete planimetric reading of the building both because it was possible to place its entrance, and for all the structural details deducible from the single structure. As the door was not found, the limen (threshold) appears to be the only clue proving the presence of the ianua, true door to the domus, facing the road directly.

It was about 1.8m wide and, based on those measurements, we could hypothesise a frame with two doors, supported by postes (jambs) still visible in situ and hinged to the two holes formed on the short sides of the block's upper surface, to house the relative hinges.


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