Our class inside the completed booth and tent.

Lab Summary Week 9: Turf Building

By Evan Orjala and Max Serota Introduction Early Icelandic Viking settlers encountered an environment that lacked the materials traditionally used for housing in their native Scandinavia; Iceland’s relatively young landscape lacked large forests with wood with which to build the walls and roofs of permanent shelters, nor was its volcanic rock suitable for building sturdy…

GROUP D WEEK 9 LAB DATA: TURF BUILDING

This week in lab, we built turf walls to combine with the previous week’s wood tent, to recreate a traditional Icelandic booth (“tjald-buo”). We constructed our turf from a few different styles of block or strip, and my group, D, made Glumbauer blocks to build one of the longer walls. These were a longer style…

Week 9: Turf-Building Data Report, Group C 

On Thursday of Week 9, our Experimental Archaeology/Experiential History class worked on reconstructing an Icelandic-style turf building. In our previous lab, we constructed the Viking-era tent and this week we will be recreating the “booth” upon which we will place our tent. We experienced different construction methods, with different groups using different types of turf…

Week 9 Group F Data Report: Turf Building

This was, admittedly, not the optimal week for me to be data reporter since I left the lab early, but in the time I was there, I recorded what I could! This was mainly observational/qualitative data, and does not lend itself to graphical summaries. The first thing I observed was the size of our blocks.…