Whilst we take such things as fireplaces and radiators as all commonplace in our homes this was not what our ancestors had. Before the arrival of the Romans on the scene homes were heated in a very direct fashion, namely there was a fire pit dug in the middle of the room and hole was made in the thatch to allow the smoke to escape. Whilst this was effective it was also very smelly and hazardous to the lungs. It was no surprise then that when the Romans suggested a different approach it was soon taken up by the Ancient British leadership. Basically they brought in underfloor heating.

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Roman technology was very advanced both militarily and socially. They had benefited from the experience and knowledge of the Greeks, who had in turn got their ideas from the Middle Eastern civilizations like Persia and Babylon. The Roman idea …