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Scalloway: A broch, Late Iron Age settlement and Medieval cemetery in Shetland

Sharples, Niall MacPherson ORCID: 1998. Scalloway: A broch, Late Iron Age settlement and Medieval cemetery in Shetland. Oxbow Monographs in Archaeology, Oxford: Oxbow Books.

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The Scalloway site is important for understanding the early historic settlement of the northen Isles of Scotland. Radiocarbon dates provide a firm chronology, and the variety of material recoved gives a detailed picture of agricultural economy. The artefacts indicate wide-ranging contacts with the rest of Britain, including the southern Anglo-Saxon areas, demonstrating that Shetland was integrated into the wider networks of power and patronage well before the Viking invasion. This report contains results and analysis from the 1989-90 excavations, which revealed that the ridge had been the focus of intense activity since the first century BC. Evidence also surfaced of an earlier cremation burial. Succesive periods were identified into the medieval period, including a broch occupied up to the 8th century, which seems to have been a mixed farming community that practised metalwork. A scatter of objects and fish bones suggesta viking settlement was situated nearby. The rubble layer left by the destruction of the broch broch was cut by graves, most likely medieval. The cemetry was gradually forgtten,a and in the 17th century a settlement was established which continued in use until the present era.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Publisher: Oxbow Books
ISBN: 9781900188371
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 14:04

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