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112%
£21,845
raised of £19,425 target by 338 supporters

    Weʼve raised £21,845 to pay for a 2 week archaeological excavation in the summer of 2021 at the site of the suspected lost Ancient Viking capital of Shetland

    Funded on Saturday, 12th June 2021

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    Story

    During Lockdown 2020 whilst digging a foundation for a garden shed an amazing archeological discovery was found. 26 human remains, at least 5 structures thought to be from the pictish era and a full van load of artifacts dating back to Bronze age,Iron age , pictish age and Norse medieval were discovered. This discovery adds to another archeological discovery that was made back in 1990 in the same area where 9 pictish structures , a 20m diameter Broch and 22 human remains were found.

    The 2020 lockdown discovery highlighted the fact this settlement which we have called Skailway is larger than previously thought. There is an adjacent area of land that we suspect the settlement extends into. This adjacent area is the area we have surveyed and the results have confirmed archeological annomalies that now need to be further investigated. These scan results and interpretation can be viewed below.

    ORCA an archaeological company from Orkney have been assisting with the geophys scans and we are now happy to confirm they have come back to us with a budget figure for the ground truthing . This document can also be viewed below and contains the budget figure.

    The hope is we can raise enough money to assertain if the anomalies are indeed archeology and to assertain the size of the settlement. Our view is this settlement is the long lost Viking capital of Shetland refered to in the Carta Marina map as Skalvogh.

    Please visit our facebook page Skailway for much more details

    Here you can see some of the amazing artifacts that have been found on this site so far to , please visit Skailway facebook page for many more pictures

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    Map of the 1990 (orange area) and 2020 (dark blue area)investigations and the adjacent field (light blue area) where the geophys scans have been undertaken

    Historical pictures of the 1990 excavation

    Pictures of the geophys scan results from the adjacent field

    ORCA quotation and description of works below

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    • Kristian Leith10 months ago
      Kristian Leith

      Kristian Leith

      10 months ago

      4 days in and 6% of our goal reached Thank you to each and everyone of you. Hopefully we can get to our goal and find the rest of this little guys family SKAIL

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    • Kristian Leith10 months ago
      Kristian Leith

      Kristian Leith

      10 months ago

      4 days in and 6% of our goal reached Thank you to each and everyone of you. Hopefully we can get to our goal and find the rest of this little guys family SKAIL

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    Page last updated on: 6/4/2021 10.50

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    • Neil and Judy Cameron-Rollo

      Neil and Judy Cameron-Rollo

      Jun 4, 2021

      We're up to Shetland in September, visiting family... we'd love to find out more. Good luck with the next phase of the dig

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 30, 2021

      £1,000.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Apr 29, 2021

    • Archie & Sandra McArthur

      Archie & Sandra McArthur

      Apr 29, 2021

      Good luck with the dig!

      £25.00

    • David Leith

      David Leith

      Apr 29, 2021

      £100.00

    • Gregory Waselkov

      Gregory Waselkov

      Apr 28, 2021

      £40.00

    • Nora Jones

      Nora Jones

      Apr 28, 2021

      Best of luck with the dig! I'm excited to learn what you find there.

      £20.00

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