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Bronze Age sauna found in Scotland

The remains of what could be a Bronze Age bath or sauna has been found in the north west Highlands of Scotland.

Gordon Sleight, projects leader for Historic Assynt, said: “Under a strange layer of clay, we came down to a 1.5 metre square, one metre deep pit dug into the ground with a channel to feed water in from a nearby burn, plus three slabs which may indicate it was once lined with stone.

“There were no animal bones or anything to suggest its use as a cooking site and its size would have made it well-nigh impossible to bring to boiling point.

“So warm water is more likely, which suggests it was used for bathing, or perhaps as a sauna or sweat lodge.”

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Story: BBC News | Photo: AOC Archaeology

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