But and ben
But and ben is an architectural style for a simple building, usually applied to a residence. The term is most common in the Scots language, for a two-roomed cottage, but also used by archaeologists to describe a basic design of "outer room" conjoined with "inner room" as a residential building plan. But and ben style construction was not uncommon in the ancient world and was used in the Bronze Age and earlier in locations such as Knossos and Magasa on Crete.
The outer room, used as an antechamber or kitchen, is the but, while the inner room is the ben.
In popular culture
The Broons own a but and ben in the country where they take holidays. In 2008, Waverley Books published a But an' Ben Cookbook.
- C. Michael Hogan, Knossos fieldnotes, Modern Antiquarian (2007)
- Ernest Ingersoll (1906) The Wit of the Wild, Published by Dodd, Mead and company, 294 pages
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