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In this video we’re excited to share the re-created 1000-year-old Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada. We visited the site last fall and had we really enjoyed learning more about the settlement, but also about the traditional construction techniques they used for the turf dwellings and workshops.
The turf houses are built with timber frames that are load bearing, and walls that are built with peat bricks that have been cut and dried from a nearby bog. Each wall actually has two layers of the bricks, with layer of gravel sandwiched in the middle to help drain any moisture before it infiltrates to the interior of the structure.
It’s incredible that the Vikings were able to build such beautiful and functional structures with limited building materials, and in such a harsh environment.
Another thing that we found really neat that didn’t have anything to do with the structures was the fact that the bog not only provided peat for building, but bog iron they could use to create nails and other hardware they needed to repair their ships.
If you’re interested, here’s a link to our longer, more in-depth video about an Icelandic turf house: https://youtu.be/_7JFwLyrdJw
And here’s a link where you can learn more about the L’Anse aux Meadows historic Viking settlement in Newfoundland:
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Mat & Danielle
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