What were the Vikings houses like?
Most Vikings lived on farms. The Vikings lived in long rectangular houses called Long houses. The walls were made with large vertical timbers, and the spaces between the timbers them were filled with wattle and daub or sometimes stone. The roof of the house would be a thatch of straw or reeds.
The house usually had only one room with a cooking fire in the middle. The smoke from the fire escaped through a hole in the roof.
The houses were often close to each other to form a settlement or small village. This also gave good protection in the event of an attack on the village by enemies.
People and animals lived in the same building. The people lived at one end of the house and the animals lived at the other end in an area called the Byre.