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The Shetland Chapel-Sites project 1999–2000

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The Viking and Early Settlement Archaeological Research Project (VESARP) began work in 1997 on Chapel-sites in Shetland essentially following up the sorts of issues signaled by Barbara in 1987, and also issues raised by some of my own work in Orkney. This chapter outlines the more recent results of desk-based assessment, walk-over 'audit' survey, and more detailed topographic and geophysical surveys carried out by VESARP on the pre-Reformation Chapel-sites of Unst, Fetlar and Yell. It was felt that the examination of potential chapel-sites should be broadened to encompass all three main islands at the north of Shetland: Unst, Fetlar and Yell. The information accumulated about the chapel-sites of Fetlar during the 1999 survey has shown clearly the potential value of further, more intensive commitment to these ecclesiastical monuments. The results of the walkover survey have highlighted the sites where further work is feasible.

Keywords: Chapel-sites; Fetlar; Orkney; Shetland; Unst; VESARP; Yell



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