Almost every week or so we hear sensational discoveries from the world of archaeology. This time, teams from Manchester and York universities claimed to have discovered a house which is 10,500 years old – the oldest house found so far in Britain.
Archaeologists are claiming to have discovered the oldest house in Britain.
The circular structure, found at a site near Scarborough, North Yorkshire, has been dated as being made in 8,500BC.
Described as a “sensational discovery” by archaeologists, this is 500 years older than the previous oldest house.
The teams from the universities of Manchester and York are also examining a nearby wooden platform, which is being claimed as the oldest example of carpentry in Europe.
Nicky Milner, an archaeologist from the University York, says such sites are “incredibly rare” – and that finding such early evidence of settled living gives a new insight into hunter gatherers.
Evidence of what would have been a 3.5 metre house has been found at the Star Carr archaeological site, which was occupied by hunter gatherers 11,000 years ago, when Britain was attached to continental Europe.
The remains were dated by radio carbon and the type of tools used – which have identified the house as being from 8,500BC, older than the previous oldest known house, in Howick, Northumberland.
The people living here would have been among the first settlers returning after the glaciers of the ice age had retreated.
Archaeologists are also examining a wooden platform made from split timbers, near to the lakeside house, which is being claimed as the oldest example of carpentry so far discovered in Europe.
An 11,000-year-old tree trunk has also been found at the mesolithic-era site, with the bark still intact.