November 5, 2019

The presence of witches in Shetland folklore runs persistently deep. Though they are sometimes helpful they are as often not, the tragic consequences of the belief in these ‘devilish’ persons coming to a frenzied end late in the 17th...

October 9, 2019

Recently we revisited Ockran to record, clean and hope for some diagnostics on two new sites near Tingon in Northmavine – a possible burnt mound and Bronze Age roundhouse. It was an exciting prospect as we had noted the locations from...

August 22, 2019

It’s not often we take a leisurely group stroll through a mixed-use landscape looking for a particular Latin-inscribed mystery stone an Archaeology Shetland member found as a teenager, yet on the weekend of April 13th we did just that...

August 14, 2019


The wheelhouse is a form of complex Iron Age roundhouse found in Scotland and largely concentrated in the Northern and Western Isles as well as the highlands. It is an architecturally distinct style of dwelling typified by radiating...

April 22, 2019

We’ve spent a lot of time out wandering in Northmavine this year and have come across a number of new sites. In one case, like that of the Iron Age Broo Gill Roundhouse, we did a full clean and record to ascertain what we had on hand...

April 19, 2019

On a promontory overlooking the West Voe of Sumburgh across from Jarlshof near the south end of Scatness is the Ness of Burgi Iron Age gatehouse fort (sometimes referred to as a blockhouse fort). Surrounded on three sides by water, it...

February 25, 2019

It’s rare (as in, never before) that we highlight an entire area for a Site in Focus, but we decided the subject of our latest walk should be more widely shared.​

Eshaness, famed for its views, sheer heights and tempestuous weather, h...

November 21, 2018

This is an unusual post for us but since it's Halloween season we thought this rather obscure, dark and fun poem would be our In Depth feature. Published in 1906, it is by Eric Duncan who was a one time Shetland resident (see what lit...

October 11, 2018

Simple fieldwalking in archaeology can be one of the most rewarding endeavours in which one takes part; the fresh air, the singing birds, the views, the camaraderie, the chance finds. Sometimes these finds are small and sometimes larg...

October 2, 2018

What follows is a hard copy summation of a multimedia presentation given to the public on Halloween night 2017. Care has been taken to include sources  in the references section where possible. Much of the work was a result of archive...

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