In Norse communities this kind of larger ‘A’ framed building was typical of craft workshops and larger outhouses. In a Norse ‘Hafn’ (harbour/port trading town) this type of building would house the workshops of craftsmen who might themselves live in dwellings close by. Though for a lesser ‘Bondi’ (free born oath giver), this could just as likely be both family home and a place of work. A prosperous ‘Kaupamadr’ (buyer and seller) might need a building of this size as a store room close to his merchant house/shop. The wooden track-way streets of a ‘Hafn’, especially the lesser side streets, could have buildings like this interspersed with smaller huts along most of their length.
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