UCD SCHOOL OF ARCHAEOLOGY BUILDS A VIKING DUBLIN LONGHOUSE ON CAMPUS!

ArchaeoFox: Exploring the World Through the Past

‘What did Viking Dublin’s houses look like; how were they made and what were they made from?’

As excellent as preservation is in Dublin from the 10th and 11th centuries, the evidence for its houses survives to knee height at best. How we imagine these houses looked, from their doors to their roofs, to the ways they are drawn in books or rebuilt in heritage centres, are all inferred through archaeological and architectural interpretations.

At UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture however, we have a unique opportunity to test these interpretations, and explore first hand, some of the architectural features of the kinds of houses that would have stood in Dublin over a thousand years ago.

«We are building a house using a simple rule», Says Prof. Aidan O’Sullivan, Director of UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology, «It must be based on archaeological evidence, we cannot introduce any modern features that make it stronger in engineering…

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