HU3909 : Jarlshof: inside a wheelhouse

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

Jarlshof: inside a wheelhouse
Jarlshof: inside a wheelhouse
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 inside one of the Iron Age buildings on the southwestern side of the site, right next to the shore. It is easy to appreciate the term 'wheelhouse', used for these constructions, which are built in circular fashion with a central hub and small rooms and compartments coming off it at all angles.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 2 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 15 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3982 0952 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:52.1352N 1:17.4423W
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OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3981 0951
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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