Aastack

At Aastack, located on the north-west coast of the Island of Yell stands what is believed to be a promontory hill fort.

The site has been shown to have been inhabited during the Neolithic period of the islands, and an earthen rampart is located on the landward side.

 

Aastack

 

The site itself measures 55 m x 40 m and covers a total area of 0.5 ha. Nearby there is also evidence of 2 dykes.

The date of the actual site is unknown, but its location and defences suggest a coastal promontory hill fort. No finds have been recorded to date.

The site was recorded in 1971, and photographed in 1976 by RCAHMS, and in 1999-2000 by GUARD. In 1999 the University of Glasgow Archaeological Research Division undertook a Desktop Assessment.

Suggestions have been put forward that it may have been an early monastic site.

Please click on the link below to find out more about the archaeology of this site.

Yell, Aastack – Canmore. National record of the Historic Environment. Available at https://canmore.org.uk/site/5/yell-aastack?u=

 

Aerial image

 

References & Bibliography

Lock. G., &Ralston. I. 2017.  Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland. [ONLINE] Available at: https://hillforts.arch.ox.ac.uk.

Streetmao – https://www.streetmap.co.uk/place/Aastack_in_Shetland_Islands_556611_2207611.htm

Williams. G. 2007. West over Sea: Studies in Scandinavian Sea-Borne Expansion and Settlement Before 1300. BRILL.

Yell, Aastack – Canmore. National record of the Historic Environment. Available at https://canmore.org.uk/site/5/yell-aastack?u=

 

 

 

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