HU3909 : Jarlshof - Norse settlement from the Laird's house

taken 10 years ago, near to Sumburgh, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

Jarlshof - Norse settlement from the Laird's house
Jarlshof - Norse settlement from the Laird's house
A (modern iron) staircase within the Laird's House at Jarlshof allows a view over much of the site. This is the view northwards, with the Norse (or Viking) settlement at the rear of the image. I think the remains of walls in the foreground belong to the Laird's House, possibly an older part than the main C16th century structure.
The small stones set in grass in the foreground are gravestones thought to date from the 1700s.

Jarlshof is a fascinating excavated site on the very southern tip of the Shetland Islands near Sumburgh Head.
The site encompasses buildings from most of the ancient historical periods. Amazingly these have been kept separate such that they start with neolithic dwellings on the eastern side of the site and spiral around in a clockwise fashion through Bronze Age, early and late Iron Age, 2nd & 3rd century wheelhouses, Viking, Mediaeval and finally the C16th Laird's House. This represents a truly remarkable 4000 years of history on one site.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 27 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 26 October, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3980 0955 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:52.1515N 1:17.4634W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 39799 09545
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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