Scotland had more species of trees during the Bronze Age

Published on November 22nd, 2012 | by Admin

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Analysis of charcoal found at a Bronze Age “sauna” in Scotland shows that there was a wider variety of tree species existing in the area during that time than there is today.

He said: “It has been amazing to realise just how much charcoal we dug up, when what we thought we had was mostly sooty stone, and it has been really interesting to use microscopes to see the internal structure of the charcoal and identify the tree species.”

Jack Robertson, of AOC archaeologist, added: “We have identified alder, hazel, birch and one of the hawthorn/apple/pear/quince group of species, and we have also found some interesting heat-affected stones and some possible worked stone.”

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Story: BBC News | Photo: AOC Archaeology

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