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Scottish island inhabited during Iron Age
« on: June 18, 2011, 01:33:03 PM »
Scottish island inhabited during Iron Age

Sat Jun 18, 2011 5:30PM
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/185276.html


Boreray, St. Kilda

Archeologists have discovered remains of a permanent settlement on a remote Scottish island, which they believe dates back to the Iron Age.

Excavations on Boreray in the St. Kilda archipelago yielded an extensive agricultural field system and terraces for cultivating crops as well as an intact stone building buried under soil and turf.

According to the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), Hirta, the main island of St. Kilda islands was occupied until 1930 when the last islanders left because their lifestyle was no longer sustainable.

St. Kilda islands are the remotest part of the British Isles, lying 66km west of the Western Isles.

Simple tools found on Hirta show that Bronze Age travelers from the Western Isles might have visited St. Kilda 4,000 to 5,000 years ago before people settled at an unknown date, the state-funded BBC reported.

Experts from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) and NTS now have found that Boreray, as well as Hirta, had settlers and the discovered building was one of the three ancient settlement mounds that could contain Iron Age artifacts.

"Until now, we thought Boreray was just visited for seasonal hunting and gathering by the people of Hirta," said RCAHMS surveyor Ian Parker.

"But this new discovery shows that a farming community actually lived on the island, perhaps as long ago as the prehistoric period.”

"These agricultural remains and settlement mounds give us a tantalizing glimpse into the lives of those who lived for a time on Boreray.”

"Farming what is probably one of the most remote - and inhospitable - islands in the North Atlantic would have been a hard and grueling existence."

Archeologists began their work in 2007 using satellite and digital technology to map traces of human occupation on the islands from prehistoric times.

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- Scottish island inhabited during Iron Age
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2011, 04:19:17 PM »
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Simple tools found on Hirta show that Bronze Age travelers from the Western Isles might have visited St. Kilda 4,000 to 5,000 years ago before people settled at an unknown date, the state-funded BBC reported.

Amazing, especially since Europe at that time was apparently still in the dark age.
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