Excavations and Surveys at the Law Ting Holm, Tingwall, Shetland

An Iron Age settlement and medieval assembly site

Joris Coolen and Natascha Mehler with contributions byGünther K. Kunst, Zoe Outram, Sam E. Harris, Cathy M. Batt, Louise Brown, Erich Nau, Michael Doneus, Anthony Newton and Karin Wiltschke-Schrotta


In May 2011, a team of archaeologists from the Department of Prehistory and Historical Archaeology of the University of Vienna, assisted by colleagues from the Czech Republic and Norway, carried out a research excavation at the Law Ting Holm in Tingwall on Shetland’s Mainland. The site is believed to be the place of the main assembly of Shetland, which was in use most likely from the Norse period to the second half of the 16th century.