Triangular Tegulae


Also in the Cellar were fragments of triangular tiles such as the one above. Examples of both right-hand and left-hand tapers were found and in both cases, the angle of the taper was 45 degrees, with one piece having been sawn to reduce its length.. It is hard to conceive of any purpose for these tiles other than as components in a hip type roofing scheme. The fact that there are examples of both left and right-hand tiles supports such a presumption, as does the corroborative evidence afforded by the left and right-handed integral-antefix imbrices and ridge tiles found in association. Whether the hip was internal or external is unknown. It is hard to imagine that either the Cellar roof or the roof of the main building would have internal angle hip roofing, although the tapers found would suggest that the tiles were designed for such a roof. The nail-hole in the above example woud seem to indicate that the wide end ought to be considered to be the top of the tile, which would suggest that the tile was meant to be oriented as shown, thus producing an internal angle. However, the fact that the tiles taper to a point would make fixation by nail with the point uppermost problematic, so it is perhaps unwise to make that presumption. So far as we can tell, the only place at which there would have been an internal angle hip roof would be at the point at which the porch of the main entrance joined the facade corridor.