Old Scatness

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Old Scatness wheelhouse
Aerial view of the dig

Old Scatness is an archeological site in the South Mainland of Shetland, near Sumburgh Airport consisting of mediaeval, Viking, Pictish, and Bronze Age remains. It has been a settlement for thousands of years, each new generation adding buildings, and leveling off old ones. A broch was discovered in 1975 and has been dated to 400 – 200BC.

The site was first unearthed during construction work for airport improvements in the late 70's. Since 1995, University of Bradford staff and students, professional archaeologists and local volunteers have been excavating the site and cataloguing the finds.123

The site is managed by the Shetland Amenity Trust. In the summer, costumed guides provide tours of the site and the replica Iron Age and Pictish buildings. The visitor centre also includes exhibits, and there are demonstrations of ancient crafts.


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Coordinates: 59°52′44″N 1°18′19″W / 59.879°N 1.3054°W / 59.879; -1.3054

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