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Sod Covered Viking Houses Recreate History at L’anse Aux Meadows

by , 03/24/11
filed under: Architecture, green roof

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Photo credit: D. Gordon E. Robertson

L’Anse aux Meadows is the only known site of a Norse village in Canada, and in North America outside of Greenland. When it was a bustling town, the settlement had three timber and sod longhouses as well as five smaller buildings that were built by the Vikings. While those structures are long gone, historical reconstructions were erected in their footprints based on the traces that the Norse left behind. The homes are made of an inner frame of wood covered with thick patches of sod. The roofs are then also covered with sod that acts as a natural insulator.

In 1978, the site and its archaeological remains were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside the homes, exhibits showcase the Viking lifestyle and artifacts.

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  1. Aldo Cavalletti February 10, 2013 at 5:39 am


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