Excavations at Underhoull, Unst, Shetland

Alan Small (Author)


Keyword(s):
Floor, Stone Vessels Amber, Soapstone Vessels, Cannel Coal, Iron Working, Settlement, Pottery
Period(s):
15th, Late 18th

Abstract


A site near the Broch of Underhoull had three periods of occupation, the earliest indicated by a very fragmentary hut floor and associated narrow souterrain; on a similar horizon were pottery fragments comparable with some from Jarlshof (EIA phase). The second occupation, indicated by a hut floor with two hearths, had industrial purposes, including iron working and manufacture of stone vessels. Amber and cannel coal were among the prolific small finds: a clear stratigraphical break divided this horizon from the Viking occupation, when a level platform was constructed for an almost boat-shaped longhouse paralleled at Jarlshof (Norse 1). Mixed farming was carried on and pebble line-sinkers suggest fishing. Soapstone vessels did duty for pottery, as at Jarlshof. This occupation seems to have begun in 9th cent and flourished in 10th. A few of the finds from all periods are figured.

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Published
30-11-1965
How to Cite
Small, A. (1965). Excavations at Underhoull, Unst, Shetland. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 98, 225-248. Retrieved from http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/8682
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