Scientists unearth 11,000-year-old house

Associated Press / August 12, 2010

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LONDON — Archeologists say they have uncovered the site of Britain’s oldest house, the waterside home of nomad hunters dating back about 11,000 years.

The dwelling, which had lake views, a thatched roof, and very original features, predates Britain’s Stonehenge monument by around 6,000 years and was built at a time when the country was still connected to continental Europe.

Teams from the University of York and the University of Manchester believe the circular home was built about 8,500 BC next to an ancient lake at Star Carr, near Scarborough, in northeastern England.

“This is a sensational discovery and tells us so much about the people who lived at this time,’’ Nicky Milner from the University of York said yesterday.

The house is about 500 to 1,000 years older than a building in Howick, northern England, previously thought to have been Britain’s oldest home.

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