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Did you know that famers often kept farm animals in their homes? Did you know that the Viking word for Saturday means ‘Washing Day’? Did you know that one of the most common objects found from the Viking Age is the comb? Read the Facts sheet about Viking Homes to discover more fascinating facts and information about Vikings and their Homes.

Fun Fact 1: The Vikings were people from Scandinavia, most people in the Viking Era lived in a home that consisted of just one long room and it was often called a hall or longhouse. Most Vikings lived together in small groups

Fun Fact 2: Viking Homes measured up to 30 m long (100ft) long; Viking homes were larger in the farming areas and  additional buildings, such as a store houses for wood and food were often attached to the main building

Fun Fact 3: Viking Homes had a central fireplace and a smoke hole in the ceiling, there may have been one or two windows but they had no glass in them and they were tiny. It was common for families and animals, including cows, goats and sheep to live in the Viking home together. Can you imagine what it must have been like? It would be very dark, very smoky and smelly

Fun Fact 4: Most Viking homes were made of wood, the homes of poorer families were made with wattle and daub (a framework of sticks held together with a mixture of wet soil, clay, animal dung and straw

Fun Fact 5: The roof of a Viking home were either thatched with straw, covered with turf, reeds or wooden tiles

Fun Fact 6: In colder regions Viking houses were built with stone and turf. Archaeologists have discovered Viking homes that were built with cavity walls for insulation; they were stuffed with wool, moss and straw

Fun Fact 7: There was little furniture in a Viking home, people would sit and sleep on wooden benches that edged the walls of a Viking Home. Cushions and pillows were made and stuffed with chicken or duck feathers to add comfort. Chests were used to store personal belongings and to provide additional seating

Fun Fact 8: The central fire was used for heating and to cook food. A cauldron would be filled with vegetables, meat and fish to make a stew which provided the main meal of the day

Fun Fact 9: The daily menu in a Viking Home usually consisted of porridge and stew. Ingredients and additional foods included; vegetables, grain, unleavened bread, homemade cheese, honey and meat (fish, hare, birds, small mammals, deer, and boar, the northern regions would eat seal, and polar bear), meat would be preserved by smoke or salt

Fun Fact 10: Most Viking homes had a loom which was used to create clothes and textiles. Tufts of wool would be spun onto a spindle then weaved onto a loom which was usually stored on a wall

Fun Fact 11: Viking homes were lit by oil lamps, candle and by the light of the fire; it was quite dark inside a Viking home

Fun Fact 12: The home of a wealthy Viking would have a separate room for servants, ornate carvings, bespoke furniture and walls covered with wool tapestries

Fun Fact 13: Work around the Viking Homes included; housework, maintenance,  tending to crops, collecting and chopping wood, fetching water, tending to animals, spinning, weaving, making clothes and tanning animal skins and furs

Fun Fact 14: The Vikings took great pride in their appearance, and were considered ‘clean-freaks’ by the English Anglo-Saxons. The Viking word for Saturday (lördag, "lørdag," or laurdag) means ‘Washing Day’ - Saturday is the day that Vikings took their bath an Anglo-Saxons at that time would bathe once or twice a year!

Fun Fact 15: Vikings used a strong soap to bathe with, wash clothes with and to bleach their hair with. They also ironed their clothes; they heated large smooth stones or glass on the fire and flattened fabrics. People thought Vikings as dirty people but actually they took great pride in their appearance

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