Jarlshof - near Sumburgh, Shetland Islands, Great Britain; the Viking settlement of the Jarlshof site was hidden until a storm in the late 1800s exposed some of the remains from late Iron Age buildings (before 800 AD); built in a circular fashion around a central hub with small rooms and storage areas leading off of it.
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Sumburgh, Shetland Islands, Great Britain: archaeological site at Jarlshof represents over 4,000 years of continual human habitation. Earliest remains are of Bronze Age buildings from around 2500-2000 BC; Iron Age round houses date between 200 BC - AD 800; a Viking settlement from the 9th to 14th centuries stands towards the eastern side of the site; & the castle, the Laird’s House, stands in the centre of the site & was converted from a medieval farmhouse to a fortified residence in the 1500s.
Jarlshof is the best known prehistoric archaeological site in Shetland, Scotland. It lies near the southern tip of the Shetland Mainland and has been described as "one of the most remarkable archaeological sites ever excavated in the British Isles". It contains remains dating from 2500 BC up to the 17th century AD.