HU3909 : Jarlshof: Iron Age round houses

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

Jarlshof: Iron Age round houses
Jarlshof: Iron Age round houses
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 southern edge of the site, where the path runs alongside Iron Age round houses into which we can look down.

Despite the awful weather, the Sumburgh Hotel can bee seen faintly in the background.
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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  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3985 0953 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:52.1404N 1:17.4101W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3983 0952
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Iron Age Village  Deserted Village  Archaeological Site  Hotel 

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