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Environment / Interactive map launched of archaeological interests within Viking Energy site

Wind farm track construction has been going at pace. Photo: Dave Donaldson for Viking Energy

A NEW website has been launched offering people the chance to learn more about the old buildings and artefacts on the Viking Energy wind farm site.

It will be updated throughout the construction phase as the team from Headland Archaeology (UK) Ltd explores and excavates more areas of interest.

Among the features on the website include the remains of a wartime Nissen hut, cairns and remnants of old buildings.

A glass bottle has also been found from the Zetland Aerated Water Co, which was said to be in production in the early decades of the 20th century.

Viking Energy said Headland has built up a “wealth of archaeological data” after starting work in advance of construction.

The website includes an interactive map, which is described as the first part of a heritage strategy which is being created in consultation with Shetland Amenity Trust to highlight aspects of past life in the central mainland.

Once the wind farm construction is completed in 2024 it is expected that heritage trails and interpretation panels will form part of the site.

Work on the 103-turbine wind farm got underway last year.