a prehistoric house in Shetland

Beverley Ballin-Smith (Author)

Torben Ballin (Contributor)

Camilla Dickson (Contributor)

Stephen Carter (Contributor)

Paul Sharman (Contributor)

John Arthur (Contributor)

Enclosure, Artefacts, Bone, Vessel, Leather
Prehistoric, Bronze Age


A prehistoric house was excavated in advance of industrial quarrying at Catpund, Shetland (NGR: HU 4242 2725). Although little of the internal stratigraphy of the house remained beneath a modern cabbage enclosure (planticrub), the form of the house survived. The artefacts found in and around the house indicate the domestic activities which took place there, and the farming methods employed in the vicinity. A thorough analysis of the artefactual evidence suggests that the house was in use some time during the middle to late Bronze Age. This report considers the structural and environmental evidence for the house together with discussions on its form, the distribution of artefacts and dating.


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How to Cite
Ballin-Smith, Beverley, Torben Ballin, Camilla Dickson, Stephen Carter, Paul Sharman, and John Arthur. 2005. “Catpund: A Prehistoric House in Shetland”. Scottish Archaeological Internet Reports 7 (January):1-46.