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Vikings # 6.

Detail of the farm
The chieftain lived in a «three-aisled longhouse», with posts located in pairs to carry the weight of the roof. The outer walls served only as insulation, not load-bearing structure as in modern buildings..

The modern replica is based on the excavations; the floor plan, division of rooms, location of posts and hearths, wooden walls and the outer turf walls are based on the structures discovered. Artefacts also served to determine the various room functions. The height of the house could have been as high as 9 metres, as in our reconstruction. The pitch and height of the roof have been calculated on the basis of recent research into Nordic Viking houses. Wooden shingling is a Norwegian tradition, seen for instance in the stave churches. The roof makes sense if you remember that the house had to be visible from afar; with a turf roof it would be camouflaged. The reconstructed roof must nevertheless be thought of as one of several possibilities, among them a roof covered with thurf.

This is the sixth pix in my little series of the Vikings.  Tomorrow: The travel planning...

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