HU3909 : Jarlshof: the Viking settlement

taken 7 years ago, near to Sumburgh, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

Jarlshof: the Viking settlement
Jarlshof: the Viking settlement
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 in the Viking settlement, its buildings starkly more rectangular than in the earlier settlements nearby, and look towards one of the larger houses in the village.

The Sumburgh Hotel appears mistily in the background on this horribly wet day.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 2 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 15 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3982 0956 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:52.1568N 1:17.4419W
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OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3981 0956
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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Archaeological Site  Norse Settlement  Viking  Deserted Village 

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