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8,000-Year-Old Nut Shells Unearthed in Scotland

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mesolithic Skye nutshellsSKYE, SCOTLAND—Hazelnut shells have been uncovered at a Mesolithic site on the Isle of Skye by archaeologists from the University of the Highlands and Islands, members of the Staffin Community Trust, schoolchildren, and volunteers. “We have found lots of fragments of charred hazelnut shells in the lower soil samples. They are the ideal thing to date as they have a short life span and were a Mesolithic favorite,” archaeologist Dan Lee told BBC News. The team also recovered flints and a piece of bone that may have been used as a toggle or a bead. For more, go to "Beachcombing in the Mesolithic."

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