In this clip the presenter describes what living in a Viking longhouse was like. Longhouses were usually made of wood, stone or earth and turf, which kept out the cold better. They had no chimney or windows, so smoke from the open fire drifted out through the roof. Beds and benches lined the walls, and other features included lamps for light, heather bedding, wall hangings and rugs for warmth. In the winter animals slept inside too.

First broadcast:
28 November 2008

Students could be given a photograph or drawing of a Viking longhouse and asked to label the different parts of the house, and what happens there. Younger students could match labels to the correct area of the house. Alternatively students could make their own Viking longhouse out of construction toys, art and crafts materials or junk.