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Boat building, Smelting and House Building up to the Iron Age

These Videos & article is about boat and house building up to the Iron Age Europe.  We will be gradually updating additional information.  Please revisit! 

Bronze Age Boat Build Falmouth Episode 1.mov
Academics from the University of Exeter set out in 2012 to explore how boats were built in the Bronze Age, for an installation at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.  Professional boat builder Brian Cumby and a team of volunteers recreated a large replica Bronze Age stitched boat using traditional tools and materials.  Note that there are nine videos in this series.  The first seven are under the same name while the last two are entitled:

The Last Stitch
The last stitch has finally been made!  After nearly 11 months of work, the final withy was stitched onto the capping rail today.

Morgawr - Bronze age boat - Sea Trials II
Video of Morgawr, the replica bronze age boat, undergoing some trial maneuvers during her second sea trials outing.

The Trireme Dreadnought of the Ancient Mediterranean
A trireme (from Latin triremis, literally "three-oarer") was a type of galley, a Hellenistic-era warship that was used by the ancient maritime civilizations of the Mediterranean, especially the Phoenicians, ancient Greeks, and Romans.

From Maritime Professional:
The trireme was utilized as a warship in the Mediterranean Sea from the 7th century BC until the fall of the Roman Republic at about the commencement of the Christian era. No other warship design has survived in service for a comparable period. It was truly the dominant battleship of its day. The trireme was developed by the Phoenicians from the penteconter (a warship with a single row of 25 oars on each side) and the bireme (a warship with two rows of oars on each side) but reached its epitome under the Greeks. As its name implies, the trireme had three rows of oars on each side.

Dragon Harald Fairhair. The construction of a Viking Dragon Ship
Dragon ships were large longships that had carved heads of dragons and other magical beings mounted on their bow.  This video shows some glances from the construction of such a ship: Dragon Harald Fairhair.  We are using the best of the old Norwegian clinker-building tradition and combining this with knowledge obtained from the archaeological material, Norse literature etc.  Our aim is to recreate a ship with superb seaworthiness – as described in the Old Norse sagas.

Dragon Harald Fairhair: Launching - Naming - Hoisting the Sail
5. June 2012:  Dragon Harald Fairhair is launched and named.

13. June 2012:  First test-hoisting of the 300 square meter large sail.

Sailing Draken Harald Hårfagre summer 2013
A clip from summer 2013, when Draken Harald Hårfagre was training along the Norwegian coastline outside Vestlandet.

Jay Smith - Viking Ship Builder
Jay outlines the materials and process of building a Viking ship.

How to Build a Coracle
Phil shows how to build a coracle, Man's oldest mode of water transport which has been around since Paleolithic times.

Building a two man boat using traditional skills (bushcraft) The Coracle.
Building a traditional coracle using traditional skills.  The only tools used in the making where an ax, knife & small wood saw, the willow frame is entirely held together using willow bark.

Wampanoag man working on a boat

James from the Wampanoag nation, working on a Mashoon (canoe) at Plimoth Plantation Museum.  Tim Turner interviewed him in the Wampanoag Home site about how the Wampanoag burning this log out with fire to make a boat.

Dugout canoe making process (Vienkoči park)

Dugout Boat Making in Siberia

This scene is captured from Werner Herzog's and Dmitry Vasyukov's film "Happy People – A year in the Taiga" which is fantastic for anyone interested in the life in these remote regions.

Log Boat or Dugout Building in Finland in 1936
Construction technique of the oldest boat type.

Prehistoric copper smelting in a pit!
How to turn copper ore into copper using Bronze Age techniques.

Building a Celtic iron smelting furnace and roasting the bog-ore

Forging the iron bloom on the anvil stone
Thijs van de Manakker and smelting team use rocks to forge the iron bloom.

Longhouse
Viking Long House in L'Anse Aux Meadows Canada created for North Atlantic Saga traveling exhibit.

Anglo-Saxon House - a Reconstruction
An Anglo-Saxon house based on Anglo-Saxon history.  A reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon home built over a pit by the East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership.  A style of building which could be copied and used in woods and forests to form a shelter today.

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