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Old farming community unearthed in Edinburgh

Car Hire Edinburgh Airport staff will be venturing to the sight near the airport to view how life used to be after the latest find.

Work on the Edinburgh tram line has unearthed remains of one of Scotland’s oldest farming communities. The find was discovered on a narrow edge of Edinburgh Airport and is believed to be nearly 6,000 years old. The archaeological gem contains traces of up to six different settlements.

Council archaeology officer John Lawson said “The excavations at Gogar have given us an important snapshot of how Edinburgh grew as it has given evidence from a wide range of periods, from early prehistoric Mesolithic hunter-gathering communities through to the medieval period. Possibly the earliest evidence was pits containing hazelnut shells, which may be from Mesolithic hunter-gathers. These were found alongside a range of pits and post-holes dating from around the start of the Neolithic period in Scotland around 3960BC, making it Edinburgh’s – and one of Scotland’s – first farming communities.”

Among the items discovered at the site are flint from the Neolithic period, small blades of Arran pitchstone, and small quantities of pottery from the Neolithic to the Iron Age.

City council culture leader Richard Lewis said “This great city and its surrounds boast such an incredibly rich history that it can almost feel as though something headline-worthy is uncovered every time a spade is sunk into the soil in Edinburgh. Yet again, archaeologists have given us a fascinating insight into past civilisations who once called this place home. It’s amazing to think we now have evidence of Edinburgh’s first farming communities from the Neolithic era, some 6000 years in the past.”

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