Re-enactor strives to survive on a 9th century farm

Pavel Sapozhnikov of Khotkovo is undertaking an experiement in history this winter by seeking to survive a tough, Russian winter "in a 9th-century environment, with no access to electricity, the Internet or other modern amenities." Dmitry Vinogradov of RIA Novosti has the story.

The farmstead construction is based on findings from Novgorod and includes a three-room, rectangular structure, with one room for living, one for storage and one for the animals. Pavel is part of the Ratobortsy historical reenactment club in charge of the project. “We were especially interested to see how a person could live through the autumn and winter, when food and water supplies are scarce and daylight is short,” said Alexei Ovcharenko of the Ratobortsy group.