HLA Type - Early Medieval Settlement and Agriculture

Early Medieval Settlement and Agriculture

In certain instances upstanding evidence for settlements and field systems dating from c400AD to 1100AD have survived around the coast or on hill ground. Consisting of the slight remains of rectangular or sub-rectangular buildings and field walls they relate to farming by Anglian, Pictish or Norse inhabitants.

The rectangular buildings that are being revealed in the sands at Sandwick on Unst in Shetland are part of a Norse farmstead which has been affected by coastal erosion. The primary source for identifying such sites is Canmore and its associated archives.

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