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  1. souterrainnoun

    An underground chamber or passage sometimes used as a store, especially one associated with Iron Age settlements.

    Etymology: From souterrain, from sous ‘under’ + terrain ‘ground’.

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  1. Souterrainnoun

    a grotto or cavern under ground

    Etymology: [F. See Subterranean.]


  1. Souterrain

    Souterrain is a name given by archaeologists to a type of underground structure associated mainly with the Atlantic Iron Age. These structures appear to have been brought northwards from Gaul during the late Iron Age. Regional names include earth houses, fogous and Pictish houses. The term souterrain has been used as a distinct term from fogou. In Cornwall the regional name of fogou is applied to souterrain structures. The design of underground structures has been shown to differ among regions; for example, in western Cornwall the design and function of the fogou appears to correlate with a larder use. Souterrains are often referred to locally in Ireland simply as 'caves'. A.T. Lucas, folklorist and Director of the National Museum of Ireland in the 1960s, published a study of the references to souterrains in the early Irish annals. An article by Warner on the archaeology of souterrains, although published 34 years ago, is still possibly the best general overview of the subject. The most comprehensive study of Irish souterrains is Clinton's 2001 work, containing chapters on distribution, associated settlements, function, finds, chronology and no less than thirteen appendices on various structural aspects of souterrains themselves. The book lacks an index. A short summary account of souterrains in Ireland appeared in the quarterly magazine Archaeology Ireland in 2004.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of souterrain in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of souterrain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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