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This is not simply the obvious point that houses must be built and maintained, get modified to fit the needs of their occupants, are extended and rebuilt, and ultimately decay and fall down. 33 After marriage, a second building is added, thus forming a compound with the original structure. Depending on the economic situation, the man will expand the number of huts and storage facilities as his children grow older or as he takes another wife. When the oldest daughter approaches the age of eight, a second hut is almost compulsory, as he will not be allowed to sleep in the same hut as his daughter.
34 Van Beek 1986; idem 1991. 35 Cf. Huijbers in prep. for similar ideas concerning farmhouses in the High Middle Ages. 36 Bloch 1995. posts are increasingly decorated with relief carvings. After the couple dies, one of the sons may take over the house, but in effect the house will still be perceived as belonging to the founding couple, symbolising the success of their marriage. These become ‘holy houses’ that are an important focus for the group of descendants of the couple. It is the place where they come together for rituals and to receive blessings from the ancestors.
33 But at the same time heathland reclamations became less and less frequent and came 29 Glasbergen 1954;Theunissen 1999, 20-22. 30 Glasbergen 1954, 23-31; cremated remains: Krumbein in Impe/Beex/Roosens 1973. 32 Glasbergen 1954, 126-128. 31 Roosens/Beex 1960; idem 1961 and 1962; Van Valkenswaard: Brunsting/Verwers 1975; VeldovenHeibloem: Modderman/Louwe Kooijmans 1966. 33 Theunissen 1999, fig. 6. almost to a complete standstill towards the later part of the 1950s, seriously diminishing the possibilities of conducting research in the premodern heathland zones.