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Catpund is located in Shetland
Location in Shetland
Location Shetland
Coordinates 60°01′35″N 1°14′18″W / 60.026398°N 1.238351°W / 60.026398; -1.238351
Type Quarry
Periods Norse

Catpund is a quarry site in Shetland, Scotland, where steatite vessels were cut from the rock from prehistory onwards. The quarrying marks are still visible today.


The Catpund quarry is located beside a burn in Mainland.


Evidence of quarrying from Catpund has been recognised from the 1940s at the latest. An excavation in 1988 revealed part of the quarry floor including the hollows remaining from over one hundred soapstone vessels. Similar vessels were discovered in the later Norse levels at Jarlshof dating to the 12th and 13th centuries AD.


Quarrying scars can be seen along the bank of the burn of Catpund where vessels were chiseled from the rock. Similarities with vessels from Jarlshof indicate that the quarried vessels were likely of Norse date.

Archaeological finds

Several fragments of steatite vessels have been discovered from Catpund and are currently found in the Shetland Museum and the National Museum of Scotland.

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