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In the summer of 2008 the Viking Longhouse began to take shape. The curved lines of the sturdy posts for the walls and the line of the roof mirror the shape of the Viking Longships.  Entering this extraordinary building takes the visitor back in time to the Viking era, but the building also provides residential facilities for the Ancient Technology Centre enabling visitors the perhaps unique experience of enjoying meals cooked in cauldrons over an open fire and listening to tales from the Dark Ages or making music before falling asleep on soft sheepskins in the glow of the fire as it burns in the long central firepit with the smoke escaping through the vent in the roof, much as the Vikings themselves would have done. The Viking Longhouse was completed on 14th May 2010 and combines ancient and current technology with hot water, toilets and cooking facilities provided by a Rayburn. Volunteers have contributed more than 12,000 hours to construct the Longhouse out of natural materials that include oak, sweet chestnut, hazel, ash, willow, larch, clay, chalk, earth, dung, horse hair, milk and iron. The roof is constructed of some 25,000 hand crafted chestnut shingles covering 320 square metres of larch boarding. Inside the Longhouse runes decorate the timbers and honour the donors who funded the project. This 24 meter long structure, with its curved walls and roofline, is based on evidence from Danish garrisons and, thanks to panoramic photography, all can look around the inside of this amazing building.


Viking Longhouse