November 25, 2019

The North Roe Neolithic ‘axe factory’ covers an area of at least 60 square kilometres, from the Beorgs of Uyea on its northern fringe to the slopes of Collafirth, Midfield and Ronas Hill on the southern. Intensive quarrying and knappi...

November 15, 2019

Born on the 1st of March 1891 in Forfar C S T Calder is perhaps most closely associated with Shetland as anywhere, a result of his extensive work on prehistoric sites in the 1940s and 1950s. Trained as an architect he was employed by...

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 20, 2019

Gilbert Goudie was born in Clumlie on the 23rd of April in 1843, moved with his family to Edinburgh in 1853 and died there on January 8th, 1918. A prolific writer and active antiquarian, he was Treasurer of the Society of Antiquaries...

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...