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Neolithic house unearthed in Scotland

A 6,000-year-old Neolithic house has been unearthed in southern Scotland. Excavations have unearthed a number of post-holes which formed part of a rectangular building and fragments of Neolithic carinated bowl, used for cooking and storage. It is thought that they date to around 4000 BC. The rectilinear hall, which measured 14m in length

1,100-year-old coin found in Scotland

A 9th-century coin has been found near evidence of a longhouse at Burghead Fort in Scotland. Dr Gordon Noble, senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, said: “The assumption has always been that there was nothing left at Burghead; that it was all trashed in the 19th century, but nobody’s really

Small pot found at Ness of Brodgar in Scotland

A rare small incense pot has been found at the 5,000-year-old complex at the Ness of Brodgar. Archaeologists say they have unearthed the remains of a so-called incense pot at the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. It is only the fifth one of its type discovered in the British Isles. Other examples

Ancient Egyptian shroud rediscovered in Scotland

A 2,000-year-old Egyptian shroud has been rediscovered in the collections of Scotland's National Museums. Conservators gently humidified it so that the fibres became less dry and brittle. This allowed them to carefully unfold the shroud, a process which took almost 24 hours. A hieroglyphic inscription on the shroud revealed the identity of the

Bronze Age weapons found in Scotland

3,000-year-old bronze weapons have been found in a field in northeastern Scotland. “The hoard of artefacts, which are around three thousand years old, is the find of a lifetime. It is very unusual to recover such artefacts in a modern archaeological excavation, which can reveal so much about the context of

Neolithic pottery and stone tools found in Scotland

Installation of a pipeline in Scotland has led to the discovery of Neolithic pottery and stone tools. “These finds provide yet another piece in the jigsaw to help us reconstruct the mundane, as well as the more interesting, aspects of how societies interacted and travelled in ancient Britain,” he said. “The artefacts

Burnt mound from Bronze Age excavated in Scotland

Road construction in Inverness has uncovered burned mounds which date back to the Bronze Age. The mounds are large piles of burnt waste, often including ashy deposits and stones that have been shattered by heat. They are usually horseshoe-shaped and found close to streams, and archaeologists say that they are the product

German WWI submarine found off Scottish coast

A German U-boat from the first World War has been found off the coast of Scotland by a team laying down undersea power cables. The wreck of a German U-boat that sank almost 100 years ago has been discovered by engineers laying subsea power cables. Remarkable sonar images show the missing World