Hazelnut History

Posted: December 24, 2016 in Herbal Extract

In 1995, affirmation of all-embracing Mesolithic nut processing, some 9,000 years old, was begin in a midden pit on the island of Colonsay in Scotland. The affirmation consists of a large, bank pit abounding of the charcoal of hundreds of bags of austere hazelnut shells. Hazelnuts accept been begin on added Mesolithic sites, but rarely in such quantities or concentrated in one pit. The nuts were radiocarbon anachronous to 7720+/-110BP, which calibrates to about 7000 BC. Similar sites in Britain are accepted alone at Farnham in Surrey and Cass ny Hawin on the Isle of Man.

This assay gives an acumen into common action and planning in the period. The nuts were harvested in a individual year, and pollen assay suggests the chestnut copse were all cut down at the aforementioned time.The calibration of the activity, unparalleled abroad in Scotland, and the abridgement of ample bold on the island, advance the achievability that Colonsay independent a association with a abundantly vegetarian diet for the time they spent on the island. The pit was originally on a bank abutting to the shore, and was associated with two smaller, stone-lined pits whose action charcoal obscure, a hearth, and a additional array of pits.


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