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Before, after or around the Ice. South Cuidrach and the earliest occupation of Scotland's north-west.
Karen Hardy  1@  , Martin Wildgoose, Torben Ballin@
1 : Karen Hardy
Departament de Prehistòria Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 08193 Bellaterra Barcelona, Spain. -  Espagne

During the Late Glacial and Early Holocene periods, Scotland was a mountainous north westerly peninsula that jutted into the Atlantic. Recently a small number of sites across Scotland have demonstrated a human presence here during the different continental Late Glacial cultural periods. Though so far, no secure radiocarbon datable material has been recovered, typologically the artefacts include evidence for Hamburgian, Federmesser, Ahrensburgian and Fosna-Hensbacka material cultures, which date to between around 12700 – 9800 BC. During the Younger Dryas, parts of Scotland were reglaciated and it is not yet clear whether a human population remained in the region. South Cuidrach is a newly discovered site in the north west of the Isle of Skye. At present, it comprises a lithic scatter with LUP/Early Holocene features, much of which is rolled, which was recovered following the creation of a new farm track cut through a potentially redeposited beach. The scatter lies on the west facing shore of a sea loch, adjacent to a river mouth in an area of coastline that is relatively protected. Sea level change during the Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene was dynamic in this region and the rolled nature of the artefacts, the relatively broad distribution pattern and the potentially redeposited nature of the beach, suggests the likely presence of an offshore site.

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