Post in ground
Post in ground (Also called Poteau en terre, post in ground construction, earthfast, hole-set posts), is a type of construction in which vertical, roof-bearing timbers, called posts, are placed into excavated post holes. Earthfast construction is common from the Neolithic period to the present and is used world-wide. Post-in-the-ground construction is sometimes called an "impermanent" form such as for houses which are expected to last a decade or two before a better quality structure can be built.
This type of construction is often believed to be an intermediate form between a palisade construction and a stave construction. Because the postholes are easily detected in archaeological surveys, they can be differentiated from the other two.
It was one of the timber construction methods used for French colonial structures in New France.
The Japanese also used earthfast construction they call Hottate-bashira (literally "embedded pillars") until the eighteenth century.
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- French colonization of the Americas
- New France
- Post church
- Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
- Timber framing
- Stilt house
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- EARTHFAST ARCHITECTURE IN EARLY MAINE
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