A IKEA style do-it-yourself flatpack kit has been unearthed by archaeologists in Italy. The remains of a 6th century BC temple building appear to come with detailed instructions on how to put it together inscribed on the surface of each piece which has been found.
The building at Torre Satriano in Southern Italy has led archaeologists to believe that builders of the time may have been more enterprising than first thought and have come up with idea as a way of satisfying demand for a certain style of building.
Each component of the building has”male” and “female” symbols on it which identify how it fits together in much the same way as flat pack furniture might be. Massimo Osanna from Basilicata University has commented that around one hundred fragments have been found so far, some of which explain how the roof assembly works.