Viking Houses

 Their houses were built of wood, stone or blocks of turf, with thatched or turf roofs.

Most houses had only one room. There was a small window with shutters and no glass. a long open hearth (fireplace) burned in the centre, with a hole in the ceiling above. The floor was stamped earth. The people sat and slept on raised platforms along the walls. Pillows stuffed with feathers made this more comfortable.

Only the rich people had chairs or beds. The beds covers were woollen blankets or warm furs. Ordinary people sat on benches or stools, or just sat cross-legged on the floor.

 

Most people lived on farms At the centre of the farming settlement was a large building called longhouse. This was a low building up to 30 metres in length.

 

A longhouse

Explore a Viking home:

http://ecs.lewisham.gov.uk/youthspace/ca/vikings/vikinghomes.htm

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~ by vallepajares on December 31, 2009.

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