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January 16th

Shetland Museum & Archives Memorial Lecture - Viking Genes with Professor Jim Wilson

Shetland Museum & Archives Auditorium, Lerwick 7-9pm

The Shetland Museum and Archives annual memorial lecture for 2020 is with Professor Jim Wilson of the University of Edinburgh where he will present some of the latest findings from the Orkney Complex Disease Study and the Viking Health Study - Shetland. Research has shown that 20% of Shetland DNA is traceable to Norwegian ancestors. Join to find out more about the research and the intriguing findings. This is a charged event and booking is essential. More information can be found here.

January 29th

Old Scatness Broch & Iron Age Village

Sumburgh, 10am-4pm

Old Scatness Broch & Iron Age Village will be open for guided tours the Wednesday after Up Helly Aa so here's a chance to learn about its history and the people who dwelt here. There is an entrance fee and the last tour will commence at 3:30pm. Some additional information can be found here.


Fealy Dyke

Also known as a feely or feelie dyke from the Shetland word feal (turf), it is an earthen wall designed to separate the crofts from the common grazing areas. They are found extensively throughout Shetland.

But did you know that Fealy is also a surname, though only 1,110 people in the world share it? The most famous may have been Maude Fealy.

A bit of Archaeology Shetland fun!

Mainland Events

January 16th

Scotland's Rock Art Project

Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow @ 7:30pm & 9pm

Around 5,000 years ago, people in Scotland carved mysterious symbols on rock surfaces across the landscape. There are thousands of these prehistoric carvings, known as ‘rock art’, across Scotland today and there may be many more waiting to be discovered.

At this lecture organised by the Glasgow Archaeological Society, Dr Tertia Barnett, Principal Investigator at Scotland’s Rock Art Project will discuss her work and the project’s findings. There is a free event, for more information visit here.

February 4th

Living on Water: Early Iron Age Loch Dwelling on Loch Tay

Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh @ 6pm & 8pm

Michael Stratigos from the Living on Water project will talk about the First Millennia Study Group's work developing a social history of Loch Tay, focused on the crannog dwellers. More Information on this free event can be found here.

Just for Laughs

Early Archaeologists - Larson

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