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Boat And Boat House. The Conceptional Origins Of Clinker Boats And Boat-Shaped Halls Of The Fourth To Eleventh Centuries In Scandinavia

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This chapter attempts to identify the initial shape-creating processes forming the conceptional origin of some traditional boat types. The layout and shape of boats vary strongly in different parts of the world as a result of several individual factors. Among the large number of finds of boats and ships from Northern Europe, one group stands out as a class of its own: the double-ended, clinker-built vessels with overlapped plank strakes fastened to a gently curved keel, stem and stern. These vessels primarily come from Scandinavia and the coastal areas of the Baltic and North Seas and they are members of what is commonly called the clinker-built Nordic boat type. The origin of the concept of houses of this shape is likely to be found in boat houses.

Keywords: boat house; clinker boat; Scandinavia



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