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    Round structures are inherently easier to build because you do not end up with corners (for one reason). Making one more or less continuous outer wall and roof avoids the problems and also provides a highly efficient structure. The conical roof does not need a chimney because the smoke rises above a certain point and gradually permeates through the roof thatching. This kills any insects that might be breeding in there but keeps the lower layer of air clear and warm. The entry opening can be easily aligned to avoid prevailing winds - something that has to be pre-determined by the alignment of the whole of a rectangular building.

    In the case of many sites, trees were fairly rare or the effort involved in felling trees for a solid wood cabin type structure would have been wasteful. A roundhouse is essentially a frame structure with the panels in between filled in with wattle and daub, a far more available and handleable building material.  It also lasts hundreds of years with very little maintenance. Circular buildings were the norm in early cultures - think of the north American tepee, the roundhouses of northern Europe and the circular buildings in Africa. At the southern tip they have been westernized in places like game lodges or upmarket hotels as rondavels.

    We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 11:29:25 AM PDT

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    •  Some facts, some conjecture. (3+ / 0-)
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      Ojibwa, mayim, RiveroftheWest

      It's just argumentative to lump in American tepee's because they're also round, that comparison demonstrates nothing.

      Tepees were designed to be easily set up or taken down to allow camps to be moved to follow game migrations, especially the bison. The construction of a tepee starts with tying together the poles at the skin's radius from their bases. These poles are stood upright, with their unfastened ends spaced apart on the ground. A dozen more long poles are laid onto the primary poles. Their upper ends rest on the lashing of the first poles, and the lower ends are evenly spaced to form a circle on the ground which includes the original poles.
      Quick to set up and take down; round because it's easier to drape animal skins.

      As for the "wasteful" effort in felling trees for solid wood buildings, I guess you'll have to ask those American ancestors who built countless log cabins wherever trees were readily available; presumably more trees were available here than in Scotland.
      I don't mind corrections on my fairly innocuous and honestly questioning comment, that's why I asked it. Thanks for the generalized, somewhat but not entirely accurate response.

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