An archaeologist at the University of Aberdeen has been awarded £1.7million to investigate the earliest period in which humans may have inhabited Scotland.

Towards the end of the last Ice Age, Scotland was at the extreme north-west of the European continental landmass before the North Sea was formed. Despite its land connections, it has long been assumed that the country did not support human life until the Holocene, the most recent interval of Earth history that dates from around 11,700 years ago until the present day.

After being selected for a European Research Council (ERC) 2022 Consolidator Grant award, the project is now funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Horizon Europe Guarantee Fund.

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