Friday, November 5, 2010

Britain’s Oldest Home

Stonehenge

Archaeological teams from the Universities of York and Manchester respectively, have uncovered the site of Britain’s oldest house , the waterside home of nomad hunters dating back about 11 000 years, which predates Stonehenge by about 6000 years and built in about 8 500BC when Britain was still connected to continental Europe.

The circular home was built next to an ancient lake at Star Carr, near Scarborough, in north-eastern England. The house was about 3.5m wide, constructed of timber posts and probably had a roof of thatch and was inhabited between 200 and 500 years. A wooden jetty-like platform found next to the lake could be the first evidence of carpentry in Europe.

Dr Chantal Conneller of Manchester University said:

"This changes our ideas of the lives of the first settlers to move back into Britain after the end of the last ice age."

"We used to think they moved around a lot and left little evidence. Now we know they built large structures and were very attached to particular places in the landscape."

Pieter Rautenbach

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