On Show. Scotland's Most Ideal Home from 8,000BC
Byline: Simon Murphy
IT probably wouldn't fetch much in today's housing market, but at the time it was the height of civilised living.
In what is being heralded as a major breakthrough, archaeologists have uncovered Scotland's oldest house on the banks of the Firth of Forth.
With a roof fashioned from animal skins and turf held together by wooden posts, the dwelling has been dated by experts to precisely 10,252 years ago, making it the earliest house recorded north of the Border.
The site has been dated to 8240 BC and archaeologists unearthed evidence of the ancient house on the south bank of the Forth during excavation works in preparation for the new road bridge.
Ed Bailey, project manager for Headland Archaeology, which carried out the works on behalf of Transport Scotland, said: 'The discovery of this previously unknown and rare type of site has provided us with a unique opportunity to further develop our understanding of how early prehistoric people lived along the Forth.' The remains, which were discovered in a field at Echline, South Queensferry, consisted of a large oval pit, with a number of postholes. It is thought the house was a seasonal dwelling, possibly to keep the family safe during harsh winters.
More than 1000 flint artefacts, believed to be tools and arrowheads, were also found. It is believed the people of the time were hunter-gatherers, relying on killing wild animals to survive. …