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A prehistoric butchers has been discovered on a remote Scottish island.
Experts claim the site is 3,500 years old and includes preserved wood, bone, quartz and a quern stone used to grind up animal remains into food.
Archaeologists - Site - Lionacleit - Isle - Benbecula
Archaeologists excavating the site at Lionacleit, on the Isle of Benbecula, say the settlement was once part of a forest that was reduced to a sodden bog over millennia.
Work on the site is still ongoing and experts are focusing on using carbon dating to accurately date the remains.
Remains - Animals - Studies - Site - Year
They found the remains of the hacked up animals during studies of the site last year.
The Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion (Scape) Trust, a charity that works out of the University of St Andrews, was alerted to the remains by local resident Ann Corrrance Monk.
Joanna - Hambly - Research - Fellow - Scape
Joanna Hambly, a research fellow at Scape, said: 'An unexpected discovery during the fieldwork was the realisation that archaeological remains survived in the intertidal zone. We are very excited by the finds.
'These include a wall, the possible remains of sub-circular stone structures which could be houses, a quern stone and butchered animal bone associated with struck quartz tools.
Remains - Butchery - Site - Survival - Action
'To find the remains of a butchery site is incredibly rare - the survival of a single action in prehistory...
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