Inaccurate Medieval Architecture in Pop Culture

I’m going to talk about a strategy game: Age of Empires II !

Here’s Viking’s wonder in Age of Empires II, which is a church.

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The Viking’s wonder has take the Borgund Stave Church as reference. Some small parts need to be fixed.

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Borgund Stave Church, 1180 -1250 AD. Located in Norway.

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And here’re Viking domestic houses in Age of Empires II.

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The domestic houses have gone completely wrong. Vikings have the same houses with Byzantines in the Age of Empires II. The game designer did that because it saved money. Actually Vikings first lived in houses with sod roofs which were warm in the winter while cool in the summer.

Some farmhouses in the Shetland Islands are still based on Viking architecture. In this example, the functional structure of the Viking longhouse is evident.  P138

Some farmhouses in the Shetland Islands are still based on Viking architecture. In this example, the functional structure of the Viking longhouse is evident.
HISTORICAL ATLAS OF THE VIKING WORLD -P 138

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Reconstruction of Norse longhouses at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, where Vikings first settled in Newfoudland.
http://www.landoffirstcontact.ca

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Viking Longhouse at Trelleborg
http://www.history.com

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Early Viking fortifications were temporary, designed to provide safe winter havens for a Viking warband and its ships. Such camps were preferably located on islands, or in riverine or coastal areas on higher ground surrounded by marsh or mudflats. The natural barriers provided some degree of security, but the camps also needed to be close enough to the water for theVikings to haul their boats up to protect them from winter storms.
HISTORICAL ATLAS OF THE VIKING WORLD, P 130

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Remains of the trelleborg

BUT, the shape of longhouse will be eccentric for that game, and hard for players to identify. I need some shorter houses.

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A Scandinavian farmhouse on the upper summer pastureland in Norway. Viking dwellings were built in a similar manner to this later structure.
HISTORICAL ATLAS OF THE VIKING WORLD -P 21

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Hand-hewn shingles shaped with aadze were used to build walls in a Viking house. Reconstruction from the town of Hedeby, Denmark.
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A carpenter carves a post using an ax for a standing loom that will be used in the reconstructed Viking town of Hedeby, Denmark.
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And I found some cabins with Viking features in this website :http://www.standout-cabin-designs.com/green-roof-design.html

So this is what I think about Viking domestic house:

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