Vikings lived in villages, being several farm houses and a main house located
in the middle, protected by a fence. The main house could be up to 30 metres long
and was divided into living quarters and a stable which could room up to 20 animals.
Inside the fence you could also find some smaller houses which served as workshops
and living quarters for the servants.
At the end of the Viking period several
magnates had houses which were up to 50 metres long. The stable would now be a
separate building which could room up to 100 animals.
The magnates probably produced more agricultural products
than they could consume themselves. These agricultural products were then being
traded on the local markets and eventually some markets were transformed into
Ribe is the oldest town in Denmark. Ribe started as a market place and
became an important commercial center for western Europe and Scandinavia. The
largest commercial center was however Hedeby in Slesvig. It became an international
meeting place for trades from western Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic region.
The town was abolished by the end of the Viking period.