This picture shows the museum diorama under construction. Elm bark outer wall covering is in place on three walls. The lower level of benches are complete on one side.
Longhouses were multi-family dwellings. This diorama will represent a house with three fire pits in the center aisle when completed. Normally six nuclear family units belonging to the same matriarchial clan would have lived in such a house, with one family living on each side of each fire pit.
You can click here to jump to a finished diorama model.
Susan K. Nelson has a Master of Arts degree in Archaeology Education from the McGregor School at Antioch University.