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Houbie


Shetland

The principal settlement on the island of Fetlar in Shetland, Houbie overlooks the Wick of Houbie on the south coast of the island. Located here are a post office, community hall, Fetlar Primary School (with two pupils in 2012), Fetlar Interpretive Centre and Leagarth House, built in 1901 for Sir William Watson Cheyne (1852 - 1932). There is also a small pier and slipway.

Channel 4 television's Time Team came here in 2002 to investigate a site next to the post office where unusual stonework and carved soapstone had been discovered in the 1990s. A substantial excavation revealed a Norse longhouse with the likelihood of at least two others closer to the shore. The floor was paved with blue stones and several household objects were recovered, including soapstone loom weights and an almost-complete soapstone bowl, which was probably the largest bowl of its type ever found in Britain. A further excavation was undertaken at nearby Aith.


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