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Old November 18th, 2012, 07:02 AM   #1

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Neolithic 'house' discovered in Scotland


BBC News - Scottish dig unearths '10,000-year-old home' at Echline

It seems this place was used as a temporary/seasonal dwelling, sited next to a river.
But could this show the beginnings of settlement?
Were some places better sited for a longer period of stay?
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It reminds me of the finds on Orkney.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 09:08 AM   #3

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Awesome news!
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This dwelling dates from the Mesolithic times (and not Neolithic).
Others have already been found in Scotland : http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&...sH4XJZU-26m-HQ

As far as Orkney is concerned, if you think of Skara Brae dwellings, these are much more recent (only 3500 BC)
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Correct Diviacus, is Mesolithic.

I wonder, are there non Homo Sapiens remains in Scotland? Certainlly these settlers were the first after the last glaciation, and probably they were the first Homo Sapiens that walked over what today is Scotland. But it could happen that Neanderthals or other previous hominids had done the same during previous interglacials.
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Correct Diviacus, is Mesolithic.

I wonder, are there non Homo Sapiens remains in Scotland? Certainlly these settlers were the first after the last glaciation, and probably they were the first Homo Sapiens that walked over what today is Scotland. But it could happen that Neanderthals or other previous hominids had done the same during previous interglacials.
I think one must believe that they did Frank but as yet no remains of hominids or neanderthals that predate the last ice age have as yet been found.
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Only Homo Sapiens remains have been found in Scotland so far.
There are Neanderthal remains to be found in southern England and it is not inconceivable that they migrated north as far as Scotland but no proof has yet been found.
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It seem to be a hard task for sure, massive glacials of thousand metres thick covered Scotland. The action of these glacials over the floor was devastating.
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This dwelling dates from the Mesolithic times (and not Neolithic).
Others have already been found in Scotland : http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&...sH4XJZU-26m-HQ

As far as Orkney is concerned, if you think of Skara Brae dwellings, these are much more recent (only 3500 BC)

Yes, sorry, my bad, the finds are MESOLITHIC.
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Only Homo Sapiens remains have been found in Scotland so far.
There are Neanderthal remains to be found in southern England and it is not inconceivable that they migrated north as far as Scotland but no proof has yet been found.
Perhaps Neanderthals had no need to move northwards - they may have had all they needed in the south.

Homo Sapiens may have moved north to avoid competition. Think of the Inuit as an example.
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