Welcome to Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village. Visit us between May and August for a look at Iron Age Shetland with excavated, and reconstructed buildings, living history demonstrations and tours.
The Iron Age Broch and Village at Old Scatness was an undisturbed, pristine time capsule when first discovered in 1975, as the result of a road being put through what was thought to be a natural mound. The road was realigned to protect the site when it was identified as a broch by a local historian. Some twenty years later, excavations were initiated by Shetland Amenity Trust as part of an “Access to Heritage” project. From its inception, the aim was to excavate the site to the highest possible standard, while breaking down the perceived academic barriers of archaeology.
From the beginning, local volunteers were involved with the excavation, and took the opportunity to train alongside the students until the excavations came to an end.The site has since been open every year during the summer season, with costumed guides provided guided tours to visitors who can also spend time by the fire in the reconstructed buildings, or trying their hand at Iron Age and Viking crafts.
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