HU3909 : Jarlshof: Bronze Age remains

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

Jarlshof: Bronze Age remains
Jarlshof: Bronze Age remains
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 look across the eastern corner of the site towards the Sumburgh Hotel, across the oldest remains. The Bronze Age buildings probably date from around 2000 BC and it is thought that they were built partly subterranean and partly above the surface.
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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 3985 0954 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:52.1458N 1:17.4100W
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OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3983 0953
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Archaeological Site  Deserted Village  Ancient Settlement  Bronze Age 

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