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Sweathouses were small structures built of stone without mortar. People who were suffering from illnesses, from rheumatism to skin complaints, used them. They were the sauna of their day and frequently were occupied by sufferers who had taken a little too much alcohol and would use the heat of the sweathouse to cleanse their systems of the toxins. The heat was attained by placing a fire in the central chamber or by using stones that were heated in a fire and placed inside. The sufferer or patient would crawl inside and perspire for over an hour. Sometimes a cold stream nearby was used to cool off in. On occasions when the person had removed most if not all of their clothing and left them outside only to return to find their clothes had been taken. The one here is a probable sweathouse which has not been excavated.
Mayo Sites and Artefacts
1. Mayo Abbey
Mayo - Vestvågøy - Mid-Argyll
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