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Mesolithic ‘rest stop’ found at grocery store site

The construction of a Sainsbury’s in Scotland has uncovered burned oak which was used as a heat source somewhere back in the Mesolithic era.

“The lack of any other Mesolithic dating on the site suggests that there was no settlement in the area, and that instead the hearth represents a temporary rest stop.”

Nomadic hunter-gatherers may have been attracted to nearby Culbin Sands because of its woodland wildlife, or to fish along its shoreline, according Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS). FCS manage forestry in the area.

During the Mesolithic period, Britain was transformed from a peninsula to an island.

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Story: BBC News | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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