Iron Age house site yields new finds

Excavations of a 2000-year-old Iron Age house, known as a broch, in Assynt, West coast of Scotland, uncovered new clues on the site’s history and its.

Aerial view of the site (by AOC Archaeology)

Archaeologist excavating the Clachtoll broch believe has been abandoned between 150 BC and 50 AD after a fire broke out, either accidentally or in an attack. The finds at the site include a knocking stone – a large stone with a hole in the middle where a stick could be used for pounding the husks off the outside of barley, three sickles, a saw, an axe, a copper pin and bone pins. Among the finds are volcanic pumice stones. The experts believe that their either floated across the Atlantic on the Gulf Stream or were traded from a long way south, as there are now volcanoes in the North-West est Highlands are of Scotland. It is believed that the finds may indicate an existence of a long-distance trade network that reached remote areas of Prehistoric Scotland.

Excavations at the site (by AOC Archaeology)

(after BBC News & AOC Archaeology)

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