Here is the first overview of current archeological knowledge of ancient Shetland, from Mesolithic times to the Viking/Norse period: a period of 8,000 years. It investigates death and ritual in the Neolithic era; domestic life in the Bronze Age; unsettled times in the Iron Age; and the lifestyles of both the Picts and Christians.
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Anna Purdy archaeological archaeologists blockhouse bone Bressay broch Bronze Age builders building built Burgi Geos burial burnt mound byre carved Catpund cells centre century chambered cairns chapel cist Clickhimin colour plate constructed courtyard cremation Cunningsburgh dykes entrance evidence excavated facade Fair Isle farm Fetlar floor found at Jarlshof ground hearth heel-shaped hill Historic Scotland horizontal mills house sites inside Iron Age island Jarlshof Joanna Richards Kebister knives land later Lerwick loch longhouse Mesolithic Mousa Neolithic Noosts Noss numbers Old Scatness Orkney oval house Papil peat perhaps period Pictish Picts pots pottery prehistoric houses probably promontory RCAHMS rectangular remains roof sand Sandwick Scord of Brouster settlement shape Shetland Museum shrines situated slabs soil souterrain South Mainland St Ninian's Isle standing stones Stanydale steatite structure suggests Sumburgh Runway timber Underhoull Unst Upper Scalloway Val Turner Viking voes wall West Side wheelhouses wooden