Scotlands History

Cladh Hallan Bronze Age Settlement

Archaeologists don’t have to find bits of bronze on a site in order to describe it as a Bronze-Age settlement. Other features of the Bronze Age in Scotland are identified by radiocarbon dating.

The site at Cladh Hallan, on the machair of South Uist, near Daliburgh, shows the remains of a settlement from c 1000 BC. It includes dwellings, middens and burial grounds, as well as artefacts such as jewellery, pottery and tools.

There is also an interesting cooking pot containing traces of milk protein, which suggests our ancestors were using milk with their porridge earlier than was once thought.

In one house there are two human burials where the bodies are thought to have been mummified: this is thought to be the first evidence that some prehistoric Europeans may have mummified their dead, like the Ancient Egyptians.

  • A photograph of Cladh Hallan settlement

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