Gatehouse with Machicolation

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Mark Cartwright
published on 30 May 2018
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A 13th century CE gatehouse at Aigues-Mortes, France. At the top centre there is a machicolation or murder hole - a hole in the projecting overhang of a wall or tower through which missiles may be dropped on the enemy.

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Mark Cartwright
Mark is a history writer based in Italy. His special interests include pottery, architecture, world mythology and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share in common. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the Publishing Director at AHE.

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Cartwright, M. (2018, May 30). Gatehouse with Machicolation. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Cartwright, Mark. "Gatehouse with Machicolation." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 30, 2018.

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Cartwright, Mark. "Gatehouse with Machicolation." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 30 May 2018. Web. 30 Nov 2020.

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