by Auslan Cramb
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH Friday, September 7, 2001 - British Farmhouse
built 1,000 years before the pyramids, with living rooms, bedrooms
and a kitchen, has been found in a Scottish cornfield.
say the 6,000-year-old structure suggests that Neolithic people
were engineers as skilled and intelligent as the modern
researchers unearthed the farm while examining Auchenlaich,
the longest Stone Age burial cairn in Britain, near Callander,
is more than 80ft long and 30ft wide, with walls made from massive
timber posts, and split into separate compartments by light
Barclay, of Stirling University, said: There is nothing
like it anywhere else in Europe. It is an enormous, very sophisticated
piece of engineering, built to last.
there were no metal nails, the house was made almost entirely
from timber shaped to fit together with timber pegs.
said: They had cattle, pigs and sheep as well as cereals
such as wheat and barley. Their tools, such as fine polished
axes, were made from stone which they would have quarried nearby.