HU3909 : Jarlshof: the Lairdís House from the north

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

Jarlshof: the Lairdís House from the north
Jarlshof: the Lairdís House from the north
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 towards the northern end of the site, with the Viking settlement out of shot to our left and the tip of the Iron Age settlement directly in front of us. The Laird's House is in the centre of the site, beyond.
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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 0954 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:52.1460N 1:17.4421W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3980 0956
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Deserted Village  Archaeological Site  Iron Age Village  Castle 

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