Skip to comments.Could this be the oldest pub in Scotland?
Posted on 09/07/2011 6:01:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
A historic site's true purpose may have been revealed -- as an Iron Age boozer.
Experts believe that 4600 years ago, thirsty natives may have been enjoying a pie and pint at Jarlshof in Shetland.
And a dozen or so quernstones -- for grinding barley -- indicate it may have served as both a drinking den and a bakery.
It contains remains dating from 2500 BC up to the 17th century.
The building has a house next door which has a large souterrain -- which was the equivalent of a Iron Age refrigerator used for storing smoked or salted meats.
And during the early Iron Age, the site at Jarlshof was surrounded by crops of barley and emmer, a kind of wheat.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailyrecord.co.uk ...
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This is ancient, so there's no good reason *not* to ping it.
I visited a pub somewhere in or near Cornwall in 1977 where there were curtains of spider webs. Hundreds and hundreds of years worth of webs plus Hicks Special Draught...very fond, if sometimes indistinct, memories.
Cool Pub, I wonder where the stage is located.
I like the fire extinguishers.
The pic of the one civ posted looks like a nice spot to break (my) drunken neck.
I have a distant (very) relative who opened the first brothel on Manhattan Island. She used to go down to the harbor and moon the boats coming in to curry trade. She was Teddy Roosevelt’s sixth great grandmother.
I’ve always wondered what ruins like these would have appeared as in real life.
What did he do to the other five???
I'm down with it.
Must be a Guinness and he’s waiting for the foam to go down.
Is there a British regulation that there must be a fire extinguisher every 5 feet?
want to go to shetland (and faroe islands) at some point. only real hangup is ferry time from the north of mainland. orkney is actually going to be done in the next year or so. orkney has some fabulous ancient sites as well.
oh my gosh that pub was open for business for 3000 years? and out of business for 1/10th of that time? I would say that establishment might be worth reopening
Looks like my kind of place.
I think 4600 years back preceeds the celts, angles, saxons, norse, to the oldest indiginous residents of present day Scotland.
Whether the picts were celts, or were older residents seems unproved one way or the other.
Now we know regardless of who, they had the tradition of the British pub, and there is good in that.
How much is a pint now? Been over ten years and I’m going back next month to East Anglia. Not that it matters, I’ll pay gladly
Ferry’s probably the only way in or out?
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