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    Shetlands: Ancient Island Settlement Rebuilt
    History; Posted on: 2007-06-30 15:09:17 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    An ancient Shetland settlement at risk of crumbling into the sea has been rebuilt - despite fears that it will soon be eroded.

    The work on the burial site in Sandwick Bay, Unst, follows an excavation led by the Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problems of Erosion Trust (Scape).

    It teamed up with the Council for Scottish Archaeology's Adopt-a-Monument scheme for the rebuild project.

    The new structures will allow visitors to see the excavation findings.

    It is thought that the structures may only last a couple of years, due to coastal erosion.

    Local groups, working with archaeologists and ancient building specialists, decided they should be built in their original positions, with nature being allowed to take its course.

    Interpretation boards and leaflets are being produced to explain the remains.

    They will contain details of a skeleton dating back 2,000 years which was found with an unusual polished stone disk beside its head in 2005.


    Archaeological find could shed light on Orkney's past
    News Source: bbc


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