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Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

A 4,500 year old time capsule in Scotland

Often described as one of the most remarkable sites to have been excavated in the British Isles, Jarlshof appears to have been inhabited continuously for about 4,000 years. The earliest remains are those of Neolithic houses, and the most recent a 16th century manor house. For anyone visiting the Shetlands, this is a site not to miss.

Jarlshof provides an insight into the way of life of the inhabitants at particularly interesting periods – the late Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish era, Norse era and the Middle Ages. 

It includes oval-shaped Bronze Age houses, Iron Age broch and wheelhouses, Viking long houses, medieval farmstead and 16th century laird’s house.

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