Sunday, June 6, 2010

Glimpses from the viking longhouse!

We spent quite a few inspiring and informative hours in the longhouse the first two days we were there. It seemed that once we got in there was way too much conversation holding us in place to just up and leave again, too many stories to hear and ideas to put out there for exchange.

This is the view from main entry way, back to sleeping quarters of chief and second in command. Three rooms stretch out in front of us.
Everything is very rustic and solid, sod walls covered in wood paneling, the beam reaching upwards holding the ceiling in place. 

Grapevine basket on wall in small bedchamber
Upright loom, opstandervæv - Traditional loom, warp weighed down and kept taught with rocks or clay disks.  Weaving happens 'upwards' and a tool called a hræl is used to  beat the weaving into place, this tool is shaped almost like a boomerang.

One of these days I will get my own upright loom going, oh, but exactly when is hard to say, I have had the privilege of having one for the last 10 years and ..... I keep stalling, weaving is 'easier' on my big floor looms. 

Storage containers, the big ones made by the cooper in Shelburne, Nova Scotia and the smaller ones at Ross Farm, Nova Scotia.
I have watched the cooper at Ross Farm in action many times as we have spent many a weekend there with the kids when they were you.

Curator, chief, navigator and Parks Canada representative discussing what needs to come out of the treasure box for this season of exciting events.

There are so many things to consider when trying to equip a historical site. Historic correctness is one of them.  And historic correctness can be an interesting topic when many of the artifacts have completely disintegrated and you have to rely on your own good sense and knowledge, books and information from different places of the world. Archeology is very exciting.

Wall of tools, not yet filled up for the season. All tools are sharp and ready for use, and .... often curious fingers need band-aids!

It was a most marvelous visit and I am so looking forward to going back some day, I hope in the not too distant future.

When I go to Denmark in the fall I will visit some of the Scandinavian viking sites and talk to people about......... yes, textiles, textiles, textiles - so many things to learn, I feel like a racehorse ready to throw itself over the start line, but probably it is better that I don't start running until I can use my plane-ticket in July, since canoeing across the Atlantic might not be the smartest idea of all, after all hurricane season starts around then! 


  1. As a 'dyed-in-the-wool archaeology & fibre nut, I really appreciate your pictures and story. Can't wait to hear all about it in person.... Elly

  2. Thank you Laura, I will keep everyone posted =-)
    Welcome back from Alberta to you!