Evidence from the first settlers of the Isles of Scilly

Evidence from the first settlers of the Isles of Scilly


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From an archaeological point of view, the isles of scilly (Great Britain), are well known for their relics from the Bronze Age, which are very revealing and important traces of civilizations prior to the first settlements.

Recently a site has been unearthed on the island of Saint Martin, representing «the most promising Neolithic site on the Isles of Scilly”According to Dr. Duncan Garrow of the Liverpool University, a specialist in the prehistory of northwestern Europe. The Scilly Isles are located west of the Cornish peninsula in England, exactly in the Celtic Sea.

Maritime archaeologist Fraser Sturt from the University of Southampton (England), is working on the site together with a team of ten people, as well as local collaborators, with the aim of discover how man came to the islands during the Neolithic, which occurred between a period 5,000 and 6,000 years old.

After identifying a possible Mesolithic or Neolithic settlement at Old Quay on the island of St. Martin last year, and always based on finds of pottery and stone tools, Dr. Garrow is conducting an excavation at the area that is part of a project called “Stepping Stones”Which is investigating a possible migration of prehistoric man to northern Europe via sea routes, and it could be on these islands that nomadic hunter-gatherers became sedentary farmers.

Island archaeologist Katherine Sawyers said after a surge in archaeological interest in the mid-20th century in the Isles of Scilly that 'had gotten off the radar in recent years”, Adding that“It is good to see that the cutting edge research that is happening on the islands is being so fruitful, due to the large number of antiquity sites that exist on the islands«.

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