Those Haystacks

While on the subject of ancient haystacks, I located this picture of one surely the descendant of those on Trajan’s column. This photo of a modern haystack in Romania, by Paul Nasca, is available courtesy of Wikimedia Commons (the Wikimedia Commons is a database of media files to which anyone can contribute and which can be freely re-used as well):

Modern Romanian haystack

Notice how the outermost hay has been groomed to carry water down the sides of the stack. Notice also how a small cap of hay has been added to the top of the stack (it looks a little tousled there) where the post comes out. This view doesn’t show it well, but you can see some extra sticks applied to the top of the stack. They help hold down the cap. Here is another look, showing the sticks. This photo is also by Paul Nasca, and from the Wikicommons:


Scroll down to the July 10, 2007 post to compare the pictures of the Trajan’s Column haystacks.

Published in: Uncategorized on July 22, 2007 at 3:12 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. The construction on those hay stacks is wonderful. I noticed, like you pointed out, that they are constructed to have the water run off and down the sides. Ingenious design!

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