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Our Events

Droning on about climate change: erosion and Shetland’s coastal archaeology 

March 30th at 7pm


*If you missed this event, you can view the recording here or immediately below.*

Join us as we host Ellie Graham to discuss how erosion and rising seas driven by climate change are threatening both our coastlines and the rich legacy of archaeological heritage located there. Hundreds of sites are threatened and falling into the sea, but often very little is known about them, not even a date. Island coastlines are the most vulnerable, so recent research has focused on a handful of sites around Shetland’s coast, combining drone survey and on-the-ground investigation to uncover more about them, monitor their condition and assess potential impacts of future climate-driven loss. The results highlight the vulnerability of Shetland’s coastal heritage and reveal some surprising insights into the individual sites, illustrating the variety of the islands’ rich archaeology. To get more information for this event contact us here.

Local Events

Old Scatness Broch & Iron Age Village

Fridays 10:30, 12:30 & 2:30 until September 1st

Old Scatness, Scatness, Sumburgh ZE3 9JW

Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village lay undiscovered beneath our feet for over a millennium. Join us as we uncover the mystery, myth and legend of this world class heritage site. For more information visit here.

Droning on about climate change: erosion and Shetland’s coastal archaeology 
A Little Something About Brochs

Mainland Events

The Cairns Excavation 2023

June 12th - July 7th, 10am to 4pm

Online Event


One of the UHI Archaeology Institute’s flagship excavations, work began at the South Ronaldsay site in 2006, revealing a large Iron Age broch (c100BC-AD200) and structures dating from the Iron Age through to the Norse periodDuring the excavation period, the site will be open to the public on weekdays. More info here.

Just for Laughs




...or Tøvakudda or Tevakudda or many other variations, is 'a part of the rocky ebb where webs of cloth were fastened to be exposed to the action of the waves as a means of fulling or thickening the cloth.' For more on the etymology, and origin of the above quote, visit here.

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