HU3909 : Jarlshof: the Lairdís House

near to Sumburgh, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

Jarlshof: the Lairdís House
Jarlshof: the Lairdís House
The archaeological site at Jarlshof represents over 4,000 years of continual human habitation. The earliest remains are of Bronze Age buildings from around 2500-2000 BC; Iron Age round houses date from between 200 BC and AD 800; a Viking settlement from the 9th to 14th centuries stands towards the eastern side of the site; and finally the castle, the Laird's House, stands in the centre of the site and was converted from a medieval farmhouse to a fortified residence in the 1500s.

Similarly to Skara Brae in Orkney (HY2318), the Jarlshof site was hidden until a storm in the late 1800s expsed some of the remains. Archaeological work in the 1920s and 1940s/50s revealed the full extent of the site.

Here, we stand at close quarters to the remains of the Laird's House.
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Tuesday, 2 August, 2011   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 15 January, 2012
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Housing, Dwellings  Derelict, Disused  Health and social services 
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OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3981 0953 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:52.1407N 1:17.4529W
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OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3983 0954
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