THE ANCIENT INHABITANTS
Some of the huts are very large, and in these no traces of fires and no cooking-holes have been found. Adjoining them, however, are smaller huts that are so full of charcoal and peat ash and fragments of pottery that no doubt can be entertained that these were the kitchens, and the large huts were summer habitations.
Occasionally a small hut has been found with a large hole in the centre crammed with ashes and round stones, the hole out of all proportion to the
size of the hut if considered as a habitation. No reasonable doubt can be entertained that these were bath huts. The Lapps still employ the sweating-houses. They pour water over hot stones, and the steam makes them perspire profusely, whereupon they shampoo themselves or rub each other down with birch twigs.
Indeed, men wearing skin dresses are obliged to go through some such a process to keep their pores in healthy action.