“The first order of business for any pioneer family was to make sure that they had shelter. In the Ukraine, some of the very first houses were simple huts that were made from sod and logs. The name for this structure was “burdei.”
To build a burdei, first the brush and trees needed to be cleared from the land. The brush was burned, and the branches and bark were removed from the harvested trees. Then a hole was dug in the ground, and the logs were leaned together in an “A” shape.
Sod would then be cut from the earth, and used as a covering for the logs. In this way, the roof was formed. The gaps in the logs were filled with clay. Now the pioneer family was ready for winter.”
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