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Translated Jeff Matthews

A magazine is a space for the storage of gunpowder or munitions. Given the inherent danger of such stored materials and the potential damage to the surrounding area in case of an accidental explosion, magazines are built to precise specifications. Some examples from the 19th and 20th century are even equipped with a “Farady Cage” [trans. note: a device that channels static electricity away from or around the magazine].

In some fortifications or military installations magazines are dug into the subsoil or on, or within, the flank of a height. They generally have wooden floors, interspaces for thermal insulation and humidity control and infiltration by rock, and they may also have a small number of guard personnel.

references:

Padovan Gianluca (ed. ), Archaeology of the Subsoil. Lectures and studies of artificial cavities. British Archaeological Reports, International Series 1416, Oxford 2005.

Basilico Roberto et alii, Italian Cadastre of Artificial Cavities. Part 1. (Including introductory comments and a classification), B.A.R. International Series 1599, Oxford 2007.

Gianluca Padovan (Associazione S.C.A.M. – Federazione Nazionale Cavità Artificiali)

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The Magazine (Borgatti M., La fortificazione permanente)

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